Let’s end the week with another doxology from Holy Scripture.
The last two verses of the only chapter in Jude contain a wonderful doxology. It can be prayed as a prayer of its own, though it’s probably better used as the ending of a prayer that contains what prayers usually contain.
It is sometimes said that there are different kinds of prayers: petition, supplication, thanksgiving, intercession, consecration, dedication, praise, worship, confession, and faith. Most prayers contain a little of all of those things, and most of those prayers can be prayed in private or public.
Consider adding Jude’s doxology to the end of whatever kind of prayer you are praying. A doxology as meaningful as Jude’s can be said over and over again, much like “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow.” The repetition of something so consequential can place in our minds a way of drawing close to God whenever that relationship is most needed.
Next week, there will be many prayers of Thanksgiving lifted to God by each of us. It might be a worthwhile practice to add Jude’s doxology to each of those prayers.
“To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy–to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.”