Prayer – For Thine Is The Kingdom,
And The Power, And The Glory,
John the Baptizer preached it.
Matthew 3:1-2 “1 In those days came John the Baptist,
preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent ye:
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Jesus Preached it.
Matthew 4:17 “17 From that time Jesus began to preach,
and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Philip preached it.
Act 8:12 “12 But when they believed Philip preaching
the things concerning the kingdom of God,
and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized,
both men and women.”
Paul preached it.
Acts 28:30-31 “30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house,
and received all that came in unto him, 31 Preaching the kingdom of God,
and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ,
with all confidence, no man forbidding him.”
The Kingdom of God. That is what they all preached about, as did so many others during those early church years all the way until now. What about the Kingdom were they preaching?
Matthew 4:23 “23 And Jesus went about all Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the
gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness
and all manner of disease among the people.”
The Gospel of the Kingdom. The good news of the salvation of God. The eternal life beyond this existence for all those who believe.
It is the power of God to do all things.
He can control the hearts of kings.
Exodus 14:8 “8 And the LORD hardened the heart
of Pharaoh king of Egypt,
and he pursued after the children of Israel:
and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.”
He can deliver a city to be conquered His people.
Joshua 6:2 “2 And the LORD said unto Joshua,
See, I have given into thine hand Jericho,
and the king thereof, [and] the mighty men of valour.”
To heal the sick, to raise the dead, to create everything in the universe. There is nothing beyond His ability to accomplish.
All glory, all honor, all praise goes to God, for without Him, nothing is possible, but through Him, all things are possible. He is the creator and the source of all things. God and God alone is worthy of our worship.
All of these things are attributes of God that will last forever. We will dwell in His Kingdom as co-inheritors with Christ.
Amen means so be it, so it is, or may it be fulfilled.
Remember all of those things you absentmindedly ask God for? You are confirming with God that you want Him to fulfill them. Do you really?
Books have been written on the Lord’s Prayer and they do a lot better job of breaking it down that I can in this blog. My desire is only that you think about what it is that you are asking God for when you recite this, or any other prayer. Talking to God should not be a vain exercise that you do simply because it is at that point in the church service that you do it. It doesn’t have to be formal. Prayer can actually be quite conversational. But some thought should be given to what you say to Him.