At the end of the Lord’s Prayer (or the “disciple’s prayer” if you prefer to call it that), we find these words in some manuscripts: “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen (Matthew 6:13).” Even if these words aren’t found in the earliest Greek manuscripts of Matthew’s Gospel, they’re certainly theologically correct (read 1 Chronicles 29:11-13 if you have any doubts).
I’m not interested in the issues of textual criticism involving the end of Matthew 6:13, though. I’m interested in the words themselves. Jesus teaches us to pray and remember that the kingdom of God belongs to God; that power belongs to God; all the glory belongs to God; and all of these things are true forever – for all of eternity. He also teaches us that by saying “Amen,” we’re agreeing with what He just said.
This has tremendous implications for me:
- It’s His kingdom, not mine. He’s the King, I’m not. I’m a subject of God’s kingdom and not its ruler. I need to remember that.
- It’s His power, not mine. God’s power changes hearts, not my persuasiveness. God’s power gives life, not my activity. If anything is to happen in His kingdom, it’s because of His power, not my ability. I need to remember that.
- It’s His glory, not mine. God deserves to be put on display and made visible to the world, not me or my schemes, plans, and achievements. all praise and honor belongs to Him and Him alone. I need to remember that.
- All of these things are true forever. There will never be a time when it will not be His kingdom, power, and glory. I need to remember that.
- To these truths, I bow my knee and say, “So be it,” for His glory and my good. I need to remember that, too.
All of these things, Coram Deo (before the face of God), are His and not mine. May it be so.