For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen
The exercise of true religion and virtue in Christians is summarily expressed by their glorifying God.
107. What doth the conclusion of the Lord's prayer teach
A. The conclusion of the Lord's prayer, which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen, teacheth us to take our encouragement in prayer from God only, and in our prayers to praise him, ascribing kingdom, power and glory to him. And in testimony of our desire, and assurance to be heard, we say, Amen.
The Shorter Catechism
We Have A Problem
Only a very few manuscripts have these concluding words. For this reason, many Christians, Roman Catholics being the most notable, leave off this conclusion.
Since the Bible is our absolute authority on all things pertaining to faith and practice, we must not accept anything as authentic that is not supported by many witnesses among the best original manuscripts. For this reason, these concluding words should not be regarded as part of the original Lord’s Prayer taught to us in the Gospel of Matthew.
However, that does not mean that we should not include them. Remember, Jesus was teaching how to pray, not giving us a formula prayer. In that context, these words are most appropriate.
Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Our model prayer begins by acknowledging – glorifying – our Father who is high above us humans in Heaven, and praying first off that His holy name be hallowed in all things we say and do. It is fitting to conclude our prayer with these words which glorify God.
While these words may not be in Matthew’s original text, nonetheless, they are Scriptural!
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things,
to whom be glory forever. Amen.
Rom. 11: 36
Since our chief end is to glorify God, it is appropriate to conclude the Lord’s model prayer with words glorifying our Heavenly Father.
Reasons Why We Should Include These Words
God is Sovereign
God is sovereign in all of Creation. We believe that God created all things by the power of His Word. We believe He controls all things by the power of His Will. There are no accidents; no independent agencies outside His control.
God is sovereign in salvation. Humanity is totally depraved and wholly incapable of contributing anything; the only basis for salvation is the Father’s eternal unconditional election, the Son’s limited, definite, atonement, and the Holy Spirit’s irresistible, efficacious, grace. Because God is sovereign, and cannot fail, there is perseverance of the saints, and none of the elect will ever lose the free gift of salvation.
God is sovereign in worship and service. We firmly believe “The acceptable way of worshiping the true God is instituted by Himself and so limited by His own revealed will, that He may not be worshiped according to the imaginations and devices of men.” In short, “worship” that does not acknowledge God as Creator and Lord of all creation; does not confess our human sinfulness and ascribe salvation to our One Triune God, is simply not Christian worship.
The simple concept Jesus teaches us in this model prayer is this: In everything we say and do, in all areas of life, we should have an attitude of prayer, asking that all we say and do hallows the name of our Father in Heaven.
God is my salvation and my glory;
The rock of my strength,
And my refuge, is in God.
God has spoken once,
Twice I have heard this:
That power belongs to God.
Ps. 62: 7, 11
"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
1. Why is it appropriate that we conclude the Lord’s Prayer with these words?
2. Are these words a part of the Bible? Explain.
3. What is the most basic principle of the Reformed faith?
4. What has been the great weakness in much of Christianity?
5. What should be our goal as Reformed Christians in light of this great weakness?