“In this manner, therefore, pray: 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.”
We all want those three things the benediction of Lord’s Prayer is teaching us to surrender to God. Kingdom, power and glory. Most of us primarily want one more than the others, but if we’re truly honest as we examine our hearts we have to admit that we want all three. Oh, we may call them different names or give them different descriptions but these three desires are still there.
We may have to substitute kingdom with home, or property, or a place where I belong but the only thing that’s really changed is the expectation of scale. We may have compromised about how big the kingdom is but still we desire a place where our will, our decisions, our wants and ways hold sway.
And we want power. We want the ability to hold off any and all who would threaten the safety, sovereignty and reality of our kingdom. Additionally we also crave the strength and power to push back the boundaries so that the extent of our domain would increase. We want the power and we want enough power so that our power is never challenged our compromised.
And we want glory. We want people to see our accomplishments and acknowledge the great things we’ve done. We want our greatness to be seen and remembered. We want our fame to be known and we want that reward of praise that’s rightfully ours to be lavished upon us.
As I said earlier, we don’t want these things equally and some may want one far more than the others but we all want a kingdom, power and glory. I know I give evidence of wanting all three of these things everyday.
God calls us to humbly submit these aspirations to him everyday. Our sinfulness drives us to covet these things for ourselves but righteousness calls us to give them all away to Him who is most worthy. Unsurrendered to God the drive for dominion, power and praise will corrupt us. Unsubmitted our quest for dominance in these three realms would destroy the righteous God is nurturing in our hearts.
Love is the greatest power in the universe. God himself is described as being love. God’s law is defined as being the transcript of what love is. Sin is loves opposite, its antithesis. Sin is purely selfish and love is purely unselfish. Love always considers the other above and before self. Love is willing to bear burdens, dangers and hurts for the good of others. Because love is other focused love doesn’t count the cost or consider the loss to self; whatever is a blessing or a benefit to others is a blessing to self.
So Jesus teaches us to each day loosen our grasp on the kingdom, power and glory and to let go and give them to God. As our creator they rightfully belong to him. As our Savior he’s demonstrated that his unselfishness is of a scale to make him a trustworthy possessor of their burdens and responsibilities. As our brother and friend we know that we can trust him to use them to care for us even before he cares for himself. They already belong to him so we give them to him today.