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Lesson #107: Prayer: The Kingdom of God

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Lesson #107Prayer: The Kingdom of God

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Shorter Catechism Q & A #107

Q. 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.

 

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Christ’s Kingdom is a true kingdom, overriding all other kingdoms of this earth. He is sovereign Lord, King and Head of the Church. Christ is also “Prince of kings,” under whose rule all earthly authorities and nations must obey. We are to attribute to Christ that which he already has: kingdom, power, and glory.

What does it mean?

How is God’s kingdom (royal dominion), power (inherent power, authority), and glory (honor and praise for who he truly is) revealed in the following Scriptures?

  • Daniel 9:18–19
  • Luke 17:21
  • Mark 5:27–33
  • Ephesians 1:17–23
  • 1 Chronicles 29:10–13
  • 1 Peter 4:11
  • John 17:1

What is our practice?

We must not be ashamed of our King and Savior, claiming him to be Lord of home, church, work, and civil government. We apply the moral law, honesty, kindness, etc, in our behavior and witness.

Quotes for thought and discussion:

“Are we in prayer to praise God? Yes: Every day will I bless thee, Ps. 145. Are we to ascribe kingdom, power, and glory to him? Yes: Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sits upon the throne, Rev.5:13. Must we acknowledge them to be his? Yes: Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty, 1 Chron. 29:11. Must we acknowledge them to be his forever? Yes: Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, Ps. 145:13. And must we desire to be forever praising him? Yes: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being, Ps. 104:33. Is the work of praise good work? Yes: it is pleasant, and praise is comely, Ps. 147: 1.” (Matthew Henry)

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