His Kingdom, Power, and Glory, Forever

While preparing for the final message in my series on prayer, Lord, Teach Us to Pray, I wrote out some thoughts for myself on the ending of the model prayer.

I don’t usually read things verbatim from the pulpit, but brought this with me because I didn’t think I could sum it up as well a second time. Since sharing these thoughts last night, some have asked me for a copy of what I read. I am posting it here, for those who were interested.

What follows are some thoughts on this passage, “[…] For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Matthew 6:13).

“In prayer, we are admitting that God is, in fact, sovereign over the world in which we live. All the Universe—known and unknown, seen and unseen—is His kingdom, the domain over which He rules in uncontested supremacy. All power is His—there is nothing consistent with His own nature and will that is impossible to Him. And the glory is His—there is no praise of which He is not worthy, and no amount of glory ascribed to Him that could be excessive. And all these attributes belong to Him forever; they are endless. He was I AM before time began, and will so remain after all of human history is brought to its ultimate conclusion. From everlasting to everlasting, He is God. And by our ‘amen,’ we signify our unqualified agreement: that that is both the way it should be, and the way that it is. Amen.”