The Lord’s Prayer #7 – A Later Doxology

‘For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours forever.  Amen.’ (Matthew 6:13 NRSV marginal note).

In some translations this is given with the main text, in others it is a marginal reading.  The reason for this is that it is thought that this doxology (a short hymn of praise often added to the end of psalms etc) was added to the text later date.  The thing is this doxology may have been added to the text at a later date but may well have been used to finish off the prayer from much earlier.

Regardless of that, it actually sums up the prayer perfectly by bringing the focus back onto who God is.  This is an essential part of how we should pray, both individually and corporately.  What better way is there  to end a time of prayer than to focus again on God.  It is God’s kingdom that we are praying to see on this earth.  It is by his power that we see answers to prayer, and he alone is glorious and eternal.

Amen! Or as it means, ‘So be it’.  What better way to end the prayer than with this powerful word of agreement!

Heavenly Father, help us always to focus back on you at the close of any prayer time, as you are the reason we pray and you alone have the power to fulfill and surpass what we ask for.  ‘For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours forever. Amen.’

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