“Thine Is the Kingdom”

Near the end of King David’s life, he called together all the leaders of his people, announced that his son Solomon would be king, and urged them to build the temple under Solomon’s leadership. The people willingly donated the materials required to construct it. While the congregation was still together, David offered a prayer which included the following words:

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 Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.

1 Chronicles 29:11

Because he recognized God’s power over all things, he was able to keep his people’s offering in perspective:

Who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.

1 Chronicles 29:14

When we recognize and acknowledge the power of God, we become aware of our own limitations. We are more humble and more grateful for everything He has given us.

The Savior ended the Lord’s prayer with an affirmation reminiscent of King David’s prayer:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Matthew 6:13

In the earliest manuscripts of Matthew, this phrase does not appear. It is also missing from Luke’s version of the prayer. (See Luke 11:1-4.) For these reasons, many English translations of the Bible omit it from Matthew’s version as well. (See Matthew 6:13 on biblehub.com.)

But during the Savior’s visit to the American continent, He gave a version of this prayer which included that final phrase. (See 3 Nephi 3 Ne. 13:9–13.) And a revelation received by Joseph Smith on October 30, 1831 ends with a variant of this phrase:

For thine is the honor, power and glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Doctrine and Covenants 65:6

Commenting on this phrase, Elder J. Devn Cornish said:

How instructive it is that Jesus concluded this prayer by praising God again and expressing His reverence for and submission to the Father. When we truly believe that God rules His kingdom and that He has all power and all glory, we are recognizing that He really is in charge, that He loves us with a perfect love, and that He wants us to be happy. I have found that one of the secrets to a joyful life is to recognize that doing things the Lord’s way will make me happier than doing things my way.

The Privilege of Prayer,” General Conference, October 2011

Today, I will acknowledge the greatness and power of God. I will remember that He has power over all things, that He loves me with a perfect love, and that He wants me to be happy.

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