Heidelberg Catechism 1563 - The Lord's Prayer
LORD’s DAY 52 (part 2)
Q. What does your conclusion to this prayer mean?
Answer: ‘For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours forever’ means:
We have made all these petitions of you because, as our all-powerful king, you are both willing and able to give us all that is good;1 and because your holy name, and not we ourselves, should receive all the praise, forever.2
1Rom. 10: 11-13; 2 Peter 2: 9 2Ps. 115: 1; John 14: 13
Q. What does the little word ‘Amen; express?
Answer: ‘Amen’ means:
This shall truly and surely be!
It is even more sure that God listens to my prayer than that I really desire what I pray for.1
1Isa. 65: 24; 2 Cor. 1: 20; 2 Tim. 2: 13
An opportunity to think again about God’s glory and how all things are for His glory and as Peter indicates as he closes his first letter – it is an eternal glory to which all believers are called to and which God himself will restore us and make us strong, firm and steadfast – to the glory of his name!
Let’s say ‘The Lord’s Prayer’
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.