November 10, 2019 Series: Lord, Teach Us To Pray: A Series on the Lord's Prayer (Ordinary Time / Fall 2019)
Topic: Prayer Scripture: Psalm 41:1–41:13
The doxology at the end of the Lord's Prayer ("for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, amen") is not actually part of the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples; it was added by the church centuries later. However, this doxology (and other, similar doxologies that the early church appended to the Lord's Prayer) is an natural, spontaneous response by believers--we give praise and thanks to God, and put our trust in him, as we should.
Note that "amen" is much more than just a signal that a prayer, or a sermon, is coming to an end. The word comes from ancient Hebrew, and it means "truth". It is an affirmation--a declaration that we have heard the message, and we agree with it. When we hear God's word, it is fitting for us to respond with a hearty "Amen!". It is also a reminder to us that the God we pray to is trustworthy, and will keep his promises to us.
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