DAY 1: For Yours, Not Mine
“For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” (Matt. 6:13)
The Lexicon helps flesh out these three key concepts: Yours is the kingdom (sovereignty, royal power), and the power (miraculous power, might, strength) and the glory (good opinion, esteem, honor, praise).
When God created us, he planted these three seeds of desire for stewardship, strength, and affirmation within us. These are essential attributes for helping to care for His creation and being in relationships. However, this original design can go awry.
In my morning news feed, I read this about an embattled billionaire NFL team owner: “So his case is a lesson in how elite figures exercise power, particularly to advance their own agendas.”
And therein, lies the issue for all of us. When God’s agenda is replaced by our own agendas, then misuse and abuse of others and things occurs.
Note how the use of the word “kingdom” serves as bookends for Jesus’s model of prayer. “Your kingdom come” (v. 10) and “For Yours is the kingdom” (v. 13).
The closing of the prayer is a definitive reminder that God is pre-eminent, not us. It is a call for us to realize and relinquish a “for me/mine” ethic with a “for Yours” ethic.
Furthermore, our ceaseless striving for power and glory creates a constant tension and angst within us. Conflict and discontent grow in our souls. We seek one fix after another for comfort. Our striving leads to restlessness and exhaustion.
David Timms writes:
“Only as we relinquish our own pursuit of power and glory can we know the freedom of the kingdom and the richest blessings of the Lord’s Prayer. True liberation comes when we surrender power and cease striving for it. Real release happens when we give up the dream of personal fame and glory. It’s counterintuitive, but it is the kingdom way.”
1. Describe some of the ways in which you seek power and glory. Where do you most look for significance and affirmation?
2. How does Timms’ statement about relinquishing your pursuit of power and glory strike you? What steps are you willing to take to relinquish your own pursuit?