And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
1. a hymn or form of words containing an ascription of praise to God.
2. the Doxology, the metrical formula beginning “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”
Ascribing praise to God is a form of worship, a way to share with God what we think of Him, what we know of Him. It is His moment, not ours. We make no mention of ourselves except to say, perhaps, “We exalt Thee, O Lord.”
The closing verse of the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) does not appear the same way in all the early manuscripts. Some of the earliest existing manuscripts end with “…deliver us from evil.” But a few existing early copies of Matthew’s Gospel have the doxology. This part of the Lord’s Prayer has become so well-known that even in churches where they use a Bible that excludes the doxology (e.g. the NIV Bible), the congregation still pronounces it when saying the Lord’s Prayer.
This final line is a reflection or reiteration of the first part of the prayer:
• “Yours is the kingdom” reminds us of “Your kingdom come.”
• “And the power” reminds us of “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
• “And the glory” reminds us of “Hallowed be Your name.”
But the last words are the clincher, because they pronounce something not mentioned before: “for ever.” The Greek words are εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας (“eis tous aionas”). “Aion” is an interesting word often translated as “an age,” but it is a compound of two words, one meaning “ever” or “always” and the other meaning “exist.” So the word literally means “always existing.”
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
In the doxology at the end of the Lord’s Prayer, we are affirming our belief that:
• God is the Father and Creator of us all, existing before there was even time. He rules over all His Creation with a loving and righteous hand. He is the King, and His kingdom has indeed come again to earth.
• God is omnipotent, the powerful and unlimited “El-Shaddai”–“Almighty God.” The power to destroy and create is in His hands alone–as is the power to save.
• God alone is glorious and deserving of our praise and worship. He shares His glory with no one save the Son, and the Son’s glory is merely a reflection, an extension of the glory of the Father. When we exalt the name of Jesus, we also exalt the name of God.
• God has been, is, and always will be the same. His holiness has never changed, His will never faltered, and His love never ends.
As we say the Lord’s Prayer and reflect on His rulership in our lives, His power to save us, His glory that He shares with us through Christ, then let us truly meditate, truly focus on the one true and mighty God. Let us remove ourselves and our petty lives and problems from the picture long enough to really mean it when we say to Him, “Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”
Father in heaven, each day I am reminded of Your power and Your glory. No one can hide from the wonders of Your Creation, and no one will be able to hide from the glory of Your Son on His return. Lord God, You are the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the one true and mighty God. All honor and praise and glory are Yours alone. Amen, amen.