If you’ve been following our Lord’s Prayer study in your bibles, you will note that Matthew’s account ends abruptly after the phrase we touched on last: “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:13) Traditionally, however, when the prayer is verbalized a doxology is added onto this scripture reference.
“For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.”
This phrase is likely drawn from one of King David’s final public prayers at Solomon’s coronation. As he comes to the end of his life and hands over his earthly kingdom to his son, David reflects on the source and the continuation of everything that he has accomplished.
Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
As we pray, it is helpful to remind ourselves of the same things. We contribute to God’s kingdom, but the kingdom isn’t ours. His Kingdom will be built and His purposes will be accomplished. He is in control, and we are not.
We can ask God to help us forgive, and withstand temptation, and trust Him for our daily bread. He gives us the power to walk in forgiveness, freedom and faith.
If we properly locate ourselves in his Kingdom, and rely on His power, we will know, as David did, that God deserves the glory for everything that we say, do and accomplish. As one commentator notes, “For His glory is His own end and the end of all creation… Whoever are great among men, it is God’s hand that makes them so; and, whatever strength we have, it is God that gives it to us”.
“Amen” means literally “so be it”. It is a phrase that attests to the truth of the testimony it accompanies. Jesus is referred to as the “Amen” – the faithful and true witness.
As we end this series on The Lord’s Prayer, can we say, “Amen” to all that we’ve studied and observed?
For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory. Amen.
Director of Women’s Ministry