The Lord’s Prayer: The Doxology

Did you ever notice that the conclusion to the Lord’s Prayer as we speak it in church is not found in the Bible? Most often it ends “The kingdom and the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.”

Even though that doxology (which is a short statement of praise to the Trinity) is not in the Bible’s prayer, it still makes a great finishing statement to Jesus’ teaching. It explains why we have such confidence that all things we ask for will be granted. It reaffirms our promise to make the Lord’s name hallowed, work to extend His gracious rule in people’s hearts, and make obedience to His will a life priority.

St. John heard a magnificent song from ten thousand times ten thousand angels who surround the throne of God: “Worth is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”  (Revelation 5:12)

A doxology like that one is a great way to end any prayer.

  • We affirm that God is our supreme Ruler, our King.
  • We affirm that God is able to do all we ask and more.
  • We pledge to give Him the honor and glory when He takes care of us as we ask.

And when we say “Amen” at the end, we put our personal exclamation point on what we just said. “That’s the truth!”


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