The Kingdom, the Power and the Glory
'Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and on earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.' 1 Chronicles 29. 11
If you learn to ride a bike on the road, or learn to drive a car, one of the first things you need to know is when you need to 'give way'. The signs and lines on the road help us recognise when we have 'right of way' and when we must 'yield' to other road users. If we ignore those rules - or if they aren't universally established - then chaos can ensue, not to mention the possibility of serious accidents!
If we're honest we all love to have right of way, and not just if we are behind the wheel of a car. We love to be able to steam ahead at full speed, and not worry about anyone else getting in the way.
But if we mean it when we pray 'the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever' we are effectively yielding our whole lives to God, who has ultimate right of way in our lives and in the world. We finish the Lord's Prayer with a recognition that God is exalted as head over all, and that whatever our agenda or desires as we pray, God is to be worshipped, exalted, and trusted in all things.
Do you find it easy to trust God?
How could you more wholly yield your life to God?