A 6-PART STUDY OF THE LORD’S PRAYER
MONTE W. HOLLAND, GUEST WRITER
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Each of the 6 parts of this study of The Lord’s Prayer will reference selections drawn from the writings of three historical clergymen:
Matthew Henry (1662-1714)
Adam Clarke (1760-1832)
Albert Barnes (1798-1870)
These commentators lived long ago, but their words still ring true. They have a universal power in our lives.
I will write a personal perspective following the commentator’s words. I invite you to add any comment you might have in the comment box at the end of each study.
WEEK 6 INTRODUCTION
We now come to the end of this love letter to God. It closes as all letters should with a cordial final greeting to God.
III. The conclusion: For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, for ever. Amen. Some refer this to David’s doxology, 1Ch 29:11. Thine, O Lord, is the greatness. It is,
1. 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 (Job 23:4) 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.
Source: Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)
For thine is the kingdom, ] The whole of this doxology is rejected by Wetstein, Griesbach, and the most eminent critics. The authorities on which it is rejected may be seen in Griesbach and, Wetstein, particularly in the second edition of Griesbach’s Testament, who is fully of opinion that it never made a part of the sacred text. It is variously written in several MSS., and omitted by most of the fathers, both Greek and Latin. As the doxology is at least very ancient, and was in use among the Jews, as well as all the other petitions of this excellent prayer, it should not, in my opinion, be left out of the text, merely because some MSS. have omitted it, and it has been variously written in others. See various forms of this doxology, taken from the ancient Jewish writers, in Lightfoot and Schoettgen.
By the kingdom, we may understand that mentioned Mt 6:10, and explained Mt 3:2.
Source: Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible
Thine is the kingdom. That is, thine is the reign or dominion. Thou hast control over all these things, and canst so order them as to answer these petitions.
As Adam Clarke points out, most Biblical texts do not include this doxology that he says has early origins in the religious community.
It is a fitting ending for our love letter to God. It reaffirms many of the things already affirmed in the prayer—the kingdom of God, God’s power and glory, and God’s eternal nature.
What a great way to end—sharing back to God the great characteristics that we know of God. We aren’t telling God anything that God doesn’t already know, but we are reminding ourselves of the things about God once again.
Why is the Lord’s Prayer so great?
- It has been with us most of our lives. We have heard and shared it in worship services and even in some sports events…I recall that it was a staple in our preparation for high school wrestling matches.
- It is virtually universal in the company we keep. We can pray and most people will be able to join in without the printed words. The prayer is great for the most disciplined and reverent person.
- It is one link with God—in words—that even the avidly unreligious person still retains.
- None of us is so close to God that we don’t need reminding that it is God’s kingdom that counts, that God is the real source of life and power, that God is personal—providing for us day by day.
- God seeks relationship at a depth that only forgiveness can take us, and that we need a buoy on the sea of life that keeps us from getting swept away by temptations and evil.
Praise God for these words that Jesus left us. May we keep them together and in order, day by day, as we continue to relate to God!
I thank those of you who have read any or all parts of this study. Below are the links to each of the parts of this study:
Where I Learned Key Church & Scripture Readings : Monte Holland
A 6-Part Study of The Lord’s Prayer: Part 1 : The Salutation
The Lord’s Prayer: Part 2 of 6 : The First Two Petitions
The Lord’s Prayer: Part 3 : Our Daily bread
A 6-Part Study of The Lord’s Prayer: Part 4 : Forgive Us Our Debts
A 6-Part Study of The Lord’s Prayer: Part 5 : Lead Us Not Into Temptation, Deliver Us From Evil