For Thine is the kingdom…

“For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen,” is the last line of the prayer.

Three things we commit to God–the kingdom, the power, and the glory. They are specific. We do not speak of a kingdom, or one kingdom, or some kingdoms. Jesus has something concrete in mind that a Jewish person would already know. When He spoke, people didn’t hope for something that did not yet exist. This was a prayer of praise, of doxology, that reminded the pray-er of God’s position of authority in a world with competing human rulers and principalities and powers in the heavenly realms.

If you look in the Old Testament, you find Israel affirmed these three things over and over, especially in the Psalms. Jesus is not saying anything new, but repeating and summarizing Israel’s prayers and praises. In fact, if you pay attention, you’ll find that the psalmists have a hard time speaking of God’s kingdom, strength, or glory without mentioning the other two.

Kingdom. Psalm 22:28; 45:6; 103:19; 145

Power. Psalm 21; 24:7-10; 59; 68

Glory. Psalm 29; 63:2; 96; 138:5

They are already God’s. The prayer is a recognition of something that is true. They give credence to the rest of the prayer. We can pray for God’s will, for daily bread, for forgiveness of trespasses, and for deliverance from evil because “Thine is.” And that’s a good thing, something we can all say “Amen” to.

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Posted on October 25, 2016, in prayer. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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