“For Yours is the kingdom and the power ..." (Matthew 6:13b)

“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen." (Matthew 6:13b)

What does 'Yours is the kingdom and the power' mean?

This final stanza of Jesus' prayer summarizes the position of the Supreme Being compared with our position.

Firstly it describes the simple fact that God owns everything. He is the creator and owner of everything. As such, He is also the rightful enjoyer of everything.

This is communicated by Jesus with the use of the word "kingdom" - which does not directly mean 'kingdom' as illustrated with "Your kingdom come" part of Jesus' suggested prayer.

That explanation shows the Greek word translated to 'kingdom' relates to 'authority' or 'sanctuary' according to the lexicon.

Aren't we also powerful?

Many of us in the physical world are convinced that this world was created for our pleasure. Many of us believe also that God’s position is to deliver power and authority to us.

For this reason, teachers from many sectarian institutions teach that we should pray to God for anything we want. These teachers promote praying to God for money, a good job, healing my leg, helping my football team win and any other self-centered thing I am interested in.

Many in fact glory in the fact that all the stuff they have — all the money and fame — is because they asked God for it, and He's so great that He gave it to us.

While it is good to give credit to God for what we have, it is a perverted form of worship to base our relationship with God on what we get from Him.

Because this philosophy is seductive to many, many preachers will talk about all the riches we will get if we just worship in their church and buy their books and pay their alms.

They will teach how all we have to do is proclaim Jesus’ glory and we will be healed of our physical problems. And if we want our football team to win we should pray. And if we want to get a better job we should pray.

And they will also ask us to pay (uh, donate) them to pray for us. Some will ask us to send them our prayer requests (with a check of course) so they will pray for us.

These teachings are fraudulent. Yes, they do accept the existence of the Supreme Being and that is good. But they are confusing our position with God's position.

They are all focused upon us getting the power and the glory.

This is a deception concerning the teachings of Jesus. Jesus is teaching us that God owns the kingdom. He is teaching us that the glory is God’s. God is the enjoyer.

Who serves who?

It is not that God's position is to give us stuff. He is not our servant. He is not our “go-to” guy whenever we want something. He is not at our beck and call, and anything we ask for He fetches.

And this is why many people's prayers go unanswered. People don't get what they ask for unless they deserve it. Unless they've worked for it and their efforts are rewarded.

Yes, sometimes God will do what we ask of Him when the submission is made humbly and sincerely by someone who cares about the Supreme Being.

For such cases, the overall intention is to serve the Supreme Being. So these requests are not the same as those coming from pure self-centeredness.

Why should we pray then?

Certainly, God does love us and He will accommodate us whether we ask or not. This is the ultimate in unconditional love. And certainly, we can know that every benefit we get here in this world, as well as every challenge and lesson, ultimately comes from Him.

But this is not what Jesus wants us to use prayer for. A prayer is a communication. It is like picking up the phone and calling someone. When we kneel or bow our heads to the ground and open the line of communication with the Supreme Being we should not waste that precious communication on asking Him for the temporary things of this physical world, for a body that will soon shrivel up and die, and decompose shortly after.

We should use that precious communication to ask God if we can resume our natural position as His loving servant: If we can resume our loving relationship with Him.

And what does a person do when they want to get closer to someone? They praise them.

And what does a person do when they have gotten closer to someone? They praise them.

And what does a person do when they care about someone? They praise them.

This is what Jesus is advising his students to do: Praise the Supreme Being. This is why he is suggesting they praise God:
“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever"