Have you ever wondered where the words
“For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever”
in the Lords Prayer, the Our Father, originate?
I did up until recently. I was puzzled as to why it is different from the Bible and during a recent bible study through the Pilgrim course I found out why.
It turns out the early church added the words after the prayer Jesus taught became more widely used. The context is the end of David’s life after the preparation of everything for the building of the temple.
David’s Praise to God
10 Then David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly; David said: ‘Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, for ever and ever. 11 Yours, O Lord, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Riches and honour come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might; and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all. 13 And now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise your glorious name.
14 ‘But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to make this freewill-offering? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.
1 Chronicles 29:10-14 New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised (NRSVA)
There’s a couple of things to take note of in this verse too:
- ‘All the assembly’ refers to all of the gathered people of God in the temple – everyone was there!
- ‘Blessed are you O Lord’ is an ancient Jewish way of beginning prayer, which is still used today in many prayers.
I discovered a deeper understanding and attachment to the Lords Prayer throughout the time we studied it.
Take some time and look at each line of the prayer, what does it mean to you?
Which part of the Our Father stands out the most or is most relevant to your right now?