TEXT: Matthew 6:9-13
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
We are continuing our in-depth look at the six elements of the Lord’s prayer. As a reminder, those six elements are as follows:
1. Praise and reverence for God.
2. Putting God’s will before ours.
3. Asking for our daily needs.
4. Asking for forgiveness of sin and forgiving others.
5. Asking for deliverance from temptation and evil.
6. Praise and recognition of God’s glory
We have already looked at the first five elements of this prayer — “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name”, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven,” “Give us this day our daily bread…,” “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” and “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Today, we are going to look at the final element in which Jesus Christ teaches us to pray, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
Matthew Henry said, “The conclusion: ‘For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, for ever,’ is a form of plea to enforce the foregoing petitions. It is our duty to plead with God in prayer, to fill our mouth with arguments not to move God, but to affect ourselves; to encourage the faith, to excite our fervency, and to evidence both. Now the best pleas in prayer are those that are taken from God himself, and from that which he has made known of himself. We must wrestle with God in his own strength, both as to the nature of our pleas and the urging of them. The plea here has special reference to the first three petitions: ‘Father in heaven, thy kingdom come, for thine is the kingdom; thy will be done, for thine is the power; hallowed be thy name, for thine is the glory.’ And as to our own particular errands, these are encouraging: ‘Thine is the kingdom; thou hast the government of the world, and the protection of the saints, thy willing subjects in it.’ God gives and saves like a king. ‘Thine is the power, to maintain and support that kingdom, and to make good all thine engagements to thy people. Thine is the glory, as the end of all that which is given to, and done for, the saints, in answer to their prayers; for their praise waiteth for him.’ This is matter of comfort and holy confidence in prayer.”
This final part of the Lord’s prayer tells us the underlying purpose of our prayers. Notice the word “for.” Why do we make each of the requests that are delineated in “the Lord’s prayer”? Ultimately, it ought to be for God’s kingdom, God’s power, and God’s glory.
J.C. Ryle said, “Thousands repeat these words daily as a form, but never consider what they are saying. They care nothing for the ‘glory,’ the ‘kingdom,’ or the ‘will’ of God: they have no sense of dependence, sinfulness, weakness, or danger; they have no love or charity towards their enemies. And yet they repeat the Lord’s Prayer! These things ought not to be so. May we resolve that, by God’s help, our hearts shall always go together with our lips! Happy is the person who can really call God ‘Father’ through Jesus Christ the Saviour, and can therefore say a heartfelt ‘Amen’ to all that the Lord’s Prayer contains.”
Why do we pray for the sake of God’s kingdom? The kingdom is God’s reign in the hearts of all those who have accepted Christ as Savior. When we pray for the purpose of the kingdom, we are expressing our desire for the kingdom to be built up and strengthened in our lives and in the lives of all believers. Furthermore, when we pray for God’s kingdom, we are also expressing our desire to see the second coming of Christ and the millennial period when the physical, political kingdom of God will be manifest on earth.
While every prayer we pray may not mention these items specifically, our desire to see the enlargement of the spiritual kingdom of God through souls being saved and through the saved being strengthened, as well as our desire to see the physical kingdom of God being manifested on the Earth ought to be a driving force behind all our prayers.
When we pray for the sake of God’s kingdom, the King of all the Earth bends his ear to listen. As Fanny Crosby wrote:
O Thou that hearest prayer,
Now from Thy throne
Bow down Thine ear to us,
We are Thine own;
While in Thy name we plead
Grace for this hour of need,
O Spirit, intercede;
Help, Lord, Thine own.
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.