Q. What does your conclusion to this prayer mean?
A. “For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours forever” means: We have made all these petitions of you because, as our all-powerful king, you are both willing and able to give us all that is good (1); and because your holy name, and not we ourselves, should receive all the praise, forever (2).
Read: (1) Rom. 10:11-13; 2 Pet. 2:9; (2) Ps. 115:1; John 14:13.
Imagine being wrongly accused of a crime you never committed. You have the proof that you didn’t commit it. But you are in prison waiting for trial. And one morning as you wait you learn that a just judge, known for swift and just action, will trial your case. Wouldn’t you feel relieved? I don’t know about you but though I walk in the firm hope of Christ, some days I get discouraged. And yet, the doxology of The Lord’s Prayer gives me greater hope today. Let me explain this to you as we study question 127 of The Heidelberg Catechism.
The conclusion of The Lord’s Prayer is an assertion. Is the recognition that God is it. God is ultimate. Everything starts and ends with Him. His Kingdom will come because He has all the power and deserves all the glory. Everything belongs to Him. He is sovereign over all. And with that, we know that every single one of our prayers are being heard and will be answered according to the good and perfect will of our Father for His glory alone.
What a relief! Everything God has done is for His glory. All that He is accomplishing has His glory in mind. And all that He will accomplish will continue to glorify His name forever. And having now understood that He is good and merciful and long-suffering, allows us to trust that in our highs and our lows, we depend on God and we trust and obey Him for we know that even we were created to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever.
Sister, as we understand who is God, who we are and what He accomplished for us on the Cross, we are able to live lives that are centered on reality. And that takes off the pressure of trying to build our kingdom and fighting for our glory. When we acknowledge that the Kingdom and all the power and all the glory belongs for God, we can stop running around in circles getting nowhere and start thriving doing what we were created to do and in doing so we will find joy and contentment and peace and love and that which our souls long for.
Isn’t this amazing? Isn’t this the best news ever? The study that we are almost concluding about the Heidelberg Catechism should allow us to have a more sober minded approach to reality where God is to be glorified so that we flourish.
So sister, I want to ask you: have you had enough of trying to build your kingdom and fight for your glory? Maybe it’s time to give God His due place in our lives and start living lives to the fullest. But it’s your choice. So what will you chose today?
In Christ alone,