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Тhe final sentence of the Lord’s Prayer—“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Matthew 6:13 KJV)—is not in the earliest copies of the Gospel of Matthew. The phrase was likely added by early Christians as the prayer began to be used in public worship. So should we include this last sentence as part of the Lord’s Prayer or not? My suggestion is that we accept these final words for what they are—not the words of Jesus to us but the words of Jesus’ early followers in response to the prayer. The prayer as it stands never really concludes; it just stops. It is almost as if Jesus deliberately left it open-ended—as if he wanted to give us the opportunity to respond spontaneously to the prayer. The response of the early Christians was worship and adoration.
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