The Lord’s Prayer is misunderstood. It’s mystical. But it’s also foundational and informative. Ultimately it’s our “feedback” to God.
The last section of the Lord’s Prayer is the praise, the worship section. This is the section that we come to after we’ve confessed all of these other things—we’ve declared all of these other things, we’ve declared God as our Father, that He is eminent and transcendent. We’ve declared that His name is hallowed—it’s set apart and holy. We’ve declared things that we believe about the day coming when all things will be made right—that His Kingdom would come today. We’ve asked God to bring His will to be done as it is in Heaven TODAY by way of our own lives. Then, we began to Petition. We ask for our daily bread—that our physical needs be met. We ask for our spiritual needs to be met in forgiveness that we would forgive. We ask that God would keep us from things that are evil—that He would cause a further dependence upon Him. Believing that He will do all of this, maybe even by the end of the prayer, starting to feel our own hearts change, we come to this final moment of praise where we just glorify the Lord for having done all these things.
It’s an amazing, epic ending to this prayer which we tried to mimic a little bit in the music that we set beneath it. For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, the Glory Forever and Ever. This is mystical language—that this Kingdom is coming—which is the promise of the Good News of the Gospel. This line is us saying, “It is Yours to bring by way of your people. We believe that it’s going to happen and we believe that even in this moment, we’re caught up in it coming forth.” The reason we have the power to do that is because of the Holy Spirit which is the power.
In the beginning of Acts, when the Holy Spirit comes upon God’s people, it says that the Holy Spirit comes with power—and brings a different kind of power than what God’s people had before the Holy Spirit showed up.
“That His is the Glory Forever and Ever.” It speaks to the infinite nature of God’s Kingdom and even of the souls of His people—that we will live forever reigning with Him in a Kingdom where all things are made right—where democracy is not our government, but where God the Father sits on the throne, righteously pouring our judgment over everything. This is the place where Jesus is the only light in the city. This is a glorious thing that we’re declaring, so there’s no wonder that here, at the end of the prayer, we get caught up in this “praise” and then we give it the “Amen” at the end, saying, “Yes, we believe these things to be true.”
All of this, the entire structure of this prayer, as exhausting as it might be to having come to the end and said all of these things, that even as we might feel here at the end declaring all of this to be true, we won’t believe it again tomorrow. The insanity of our world is going to come in and convince us of things that aren’t true. We’re going to rebuild that ‘structured righteousness’ around us again that will need to be pulled down again – keeping us from things that are evil. “Jesus disrupt all of those ways that we justify ourselves.” We’re going to have to declare this prayer again tomorrow—or maybe even in a few minutes. Luckily, that’s the nature of this prayer. That’s what Jesus said—this is something that we do repetitively. We do it over and over and over and the longer we do it, the louder it should be in our lives. It’s completely formative to our being equipped to follow Jesus in the first place. If we’re going to follow Him to the place He’s going to lead us, we’re going to have to equip ourselves with this as we go.
Praise the Lord that he gives us this structure to help us.
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