Today we come to the conclusion of six weeks of prayer for our nation, and the conclusion of an election for a new President of these United States of America.
More importantly we come to the conclusion of the whole matter of all prayer for all things.
We have used the context of the prayer which our Lord Jesus Christ gave us, recorded for all generations and all times in Matthew 6:9-13.
In the Lord’s Prayer, we used the preface and the petitions, and now we come to the conclusion.
Petitions are sandwiched between the preface and the conclusion. Jesus meant for us to see that all is from God, the Father; through Him, and for Him.
All things, all conditions, and all conclusions rest in His hands and His plans.
He is the conclusion of all things, before the beginning and to the end.
The preface is to address the one to whom we pray ~ “Our Father in heaven.”
The conclusion is to establish our purpose for prayer to our Father in heaven ~
“For Thine is the kingdom
“The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.”
and the power
“Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God,
and the glory,
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
Dear heavenly Father, we have these last six weeks poured out our hearts to you, seeking you, your kingdom, and your will as it concerns us as your children, the nation and the world in which we live. We have no other means of wisdom, and authority. You are our Father, the kingdom and power over all things. You have promised your presence among us at all times, even when we can’t discern your leading and authority. Make us to know your sovereign rule during times of uncertainty. When men and women are seeking their own glory, draw us to you to know your strength, your kingdom, your power and your glory over all. By your Holy Spirit bring your truths to our minds and hearts. Draw us closer to you and each other in prayer as we continue to seek your kingdom in our hearts and lives. Make us strong in your word and in faith for what you have planned in the days and years ahead. Let us always be ready to serve you and others in the name of Jesus our Lord ~ in whose name we pray. Amen.
Music: Jude 24-25