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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "We Believe"
Tape 4307-3, 166
"FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM,
AND THE POWER, AND THE GLORY FOREVER, AMEN"
(This is the conclusion of this series of messages on Our Lord's
Prayer, or The Model Prayer, or the Disciples' Prayer.)
If you were to go to modern Jerusalem today, just outside the Old City
up on the Mount of Olives, you would see a little church called the
Pater Nostra Church. It is supposedly built on the traditional site
where our Lord taught the disciples tUis prayer. When you- go inside
this church and into the cloister, you find the Lord's Prayer in
nearly every language or dialect on tiles all around the walls.
It's a tremendous inspiration to see people of all colors and from all
backgrounds, cultures, literally from every country in the world
finding the Lord's Prayer in their own particular language, and
standing there reverently mouthing those words in their own tongue.
To think that a Galilean Carpenter taught this to a group of
fishermen, and today, 2,000 years later people around the world pray
that model prayer.
did you know that you can pray this prayer in less Utia-n thirty
seconds? Also, that it has been written on the head of a pin? It is
very simple, and yet it contains the framework for all prayer. The
last sentence is not found in the Gospel of Luke where this prayer is
written, and the reason that it has brackets around it is that in some
manuscripts it is not found.
Some think that it was added by the early church fathers in liturgical
worship. But whether you want to believe it was original, or added
later, it has a tremendous flow to it that does not take anything away
from the body of the prayer, and adds a great deal to it. So I would
like to conclude this series with this traditional ending of the
Disciples' Prayer: "Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
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