4 December 2005
Daniel 9:18-19, 1 Chronicles 29:11-13, Revelation 22:20-21 & 1 Corinthians 14:16
The Westminster Shorter Catechism
Q. 107. What doth the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?
A. The conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer, (which is, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen,”) teacheth us to take our encouragement in prayer from God only, and in our prayers to praise Him, ascribing kingdom, power, and glory to Him, and in testimony of our desire and assurance to be heard, we say “Amen”.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism in Modern English:
Q.107. What does the conclusion of the Lord’s prayer teach us?
A. The conclusion of the Lord’s prayer (for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever) teaches us to be encouraged only by God in our prayers and to praise Him by acknowledging that kingdom, power, and glory are His. To show that we want to be heard and have confidence that we are, we say “Amen”.
1. What may we learn from the word “For” in this question?
We may learn from it that we are concluding our prayer with a strong basis. We have great and mighty arguments from the Word of God for all of our petitions. We are simply saying, “Lord, because of Who Thou art, because of the sovereignty of Thy power, grant our petitions!”
2. What do we mean in this prayer by “the kingdom, and the power, and the glory?”
Our Larger Catechism (Q. 196) tells us we mean the “eternal sovereignty, omnipotency, and glorious excellency” of God alone.
3. What is His “kingdom” as mentioned in this question?
We are speaking here of God as Creator and as Redeemer. The first has to do with the kingdom of nature and the second with the kingdom of grace.
4. Why do we add the word “power” to the portion of the prayer?
We add “power” to it because we desire Him to perform His will for us. We claim by faith His power to do so (Romans 4:21).
5. As we add the word “glory” what are we denoting?
We mean here that we are to praise Him continually for His wondrous works to the children of men. God should be praised without ceasing by us for He is glorious!
6. What is the use of the word “Amen” to end our prayer?
It is used to signify “So shall it be” by us. It is our earnestness of faith and our intensity of desire.