An Appropriate Ending
1 Chronicles 29:11
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.
I like this passage; it’s where we get the end tag to the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6 found in the King James Version. I've read that monks added it centuries ago when transcribing the Bible. Not that anyone ever needed to add anything to Jesus’ prayer, but it is a fabulous reminder for me. God is greater than any concern I just prayed about. He is more powerful than my trouble. He is victorious, majestic, and Creator of all things. Adding his attributes to my prayers really puts things into perspective and makes my complaints and list of demands rather small in comparison.
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
(1 Chronicles 29:11)
And this is your kingdom... Me! Jesus makes me holy. The space I occupy is special. God is revered where I am. I will trust God and give him the credit he is due. I desire to follow his law and his will and not let outsiders contaminate this space. It’s not old fashioned, out of style or politically incorrect to honor God and follow Jesus.
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. (James 1:27)
Thank you for scripture within scripture reminding me of your goodness and my purpose. My purpose is to follow you and not be corrupted by other ways and ideas. Help me incorporate these most important reminders in my prayers rather than making prayers all about me. I want my prayers to be all about YOU! I thank you and praise you for what you’ve done and look forward with great expectation to what you will do. Thank you for being powerful and faithful. I love you and trust you and thank you in Jesus’ name, amen.