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The yearning of the earth-life
Is stronger than my strength; When may the spell be broken,
And freedom come at length ? Like dew on drooping blossoms,
Like breath from holy place,
Come Thy deep words of grace,
On One who fights for thee;
And Mine the victory.” Songs amid the Shadows.”—H. Bowman.
“FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM, THE POWER, AND
THE GLORY, FOR EVER AND EVER. AMEN.”
“For the kingdom is the Lord's, and He is the Governor among the nations.”--Psalm xxii. 28.
“ Be Thou exalted, Lord, in Thine own strength, so shall we sing and praise Thy power.”--Psalm xxi. 13.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates ; and be ye
lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads,
ye gates, even lift them up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.” -- Psalm
Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty, for all that is in the heaven and in
the earth is Thine. Thine is the Kingdom, O God, and Thou art exalted as Head above all. Both riches and honour come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all : and in Thine hand is power and might, and in Thine hand it is to make great and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious name."--1 Chron. xxix. 11-13
“I saw also the Lord, sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. About it stood the seraphims, each one had six wings, with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.”—Isaiah vi. 1-4.
We have now come to an end of the petitions in the Lord's Prayer.
The first three are for God's glory, the last three are for our own needs, both of soul and body.
We have seen how God is indeed our loving Father; not only the Almighty Creator,
dwelling far away in Light and Majesty unapproachable, but One“ Who is not far from every one of us.”
One by whom the very hairs of our head are all numbered, and Who cares separately for each one of us His children,
We have learnt with what reverence and fear we ought to hallow His holy name.
We have remembered how solemnly we ought to pray these words “Thy kingdom come," and ask God for the extension of His kingdom upon earth, and also that we may be ready whenever the Son of Man comes to reign in glory, and all the Holy Angels with Him.
Thy will be done,” has taught us to yield our own will to His; knowing it is best, whether in the little trials of daily life, or in the greater sorrows and conflicts of our will with the Divine will, which only come at intervals in a lifetime.
“ Give us this day our daily bread,” has led us to feel that we must go day by day in humble dependence to our Father for all we need, not looking too far or fearfully into the future, or being over anxious about to morrow, but simply and quietly leaving everything to Him, Who is ordering all things wisely and well.
Then as we prayed “Forgive us our trespasses we thought of our sinfulness, and deep need of pardon, and how it was only through the Precious Blood of Christ, Who died for us, that we could hope for the forgiveness of our sins.
“As we forgive them that trespass against us” taught us the great truth, so often forgotten, that unless we forgive from our hearts those who have injured us, we cannot hope for God's forgiveness for ourselves.
The petition "Lead us not into temptation,” led us to pray that we might be kept from all sin, and preserved by God's grace from falling, in our warfare against it.
“ Deliver us from evil," reminded us of the great power and support which God gives to those who fight manfully in His strength, and who trusting in Him, and not in themselves, find that His stiength is made perfect in weakness.
And now this Divine prayer which Christ has taught us to use, ends with a glorious ascription of praise to God.