9 “Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
[For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
Matthew 6:9-13 (NASB)
This phrase is not present in all versions of the Bible. Why? It is not found in the all the ancient manuscripts. As a result, the different Bible translators have chosen to deal with this last line differently. Some versions, such as this one, choose to include it and footnote it as to its origin. Others choose to leave it out but include it in the footnote. Either way, what are we to do with it? Regardless of the origin of this statement, it is still true. His “is the kingdom and the power and the glory”. Many of us have been praying this since childhood. It is OK to continue to do so.
9 After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.11 After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:9-11 (NASB)
The story of the Magi is a beloved part of the story of the incarnation. These men, from a distant land, watched the night sky. They looked to the stars, but were seeking God. They knew of a star that would herald the arrival of the king of the Jews. This promised king would be a new ruler. When the star appeared they acted. They responded with worship.
You are king. You are all powerful. To you be all glory. Reign in my life, be my source of power, be glorified through me ….. forever.