Westminster Larger Catechism

194. What do we pray for in the fifth petition?

In the fifth petition, 1which is, Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, 9Matt. 6:12 acknowledging, that we and all others are guilty both of original and actual sin, and thereby become debtors to the justice of God; and that neither we, nor any other creature, can make the least satisfaction for that […]

195. What do we pray for in the sixth petition?

In the sixth petition, 10which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, 32Matt. 6:13 acknowledging, that the most wise, righteous, and gracious God, for divers holy and just ends, may so order things, that we may be assaulted, foiled, and for a time led captive by temptations; 112 Chron. 32:31 […]

196. What doth the conclusion of the Lord’ s prayer teach us?

The conclusion of the Lord’ s prayer, 33which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 42Matt. 6:13 teacheth us to enforce our petitions with arguments, 34Rom. 15:30 which are to be taken, not from any worthiness in ourselves, or in any other creature, but from God; 35Dan. […]

181. Why are we to pray in the name of Christ?

The sinfulness of man, and his distance from God by reason thereof, being so great, as that we can have no access into his presence without a mediator; 43John 14:6, Isa. 59:2, Eph. 3:12 and there being none in heaven or earth appointed to, or fit for, that glorious work but Christ alone, 44John 6;27, […]

182. How doth the Spirit help us to pray?

We not knowing what to pray for as we ought, the Spirit helpeth our infirmities, by enabling us to understand both for whom, and what, and how prayer is to be made; and by working and quickening in our hearts 46although not in all persons, nor at all times, in the same measure those apprehensions, […]

183. For whom are we to pray?

We are to pray for the whole church of Christ upon earth; 48Eph. 6:18, Ps. 28:9 for magistrates, 491 Tim. 2:1–2 and ministers; 50Col. 4:3 for ourselves, 51Gen. 32:11 our brethren, 52James 5:16 yea, our enemies; 53Matt. 5:44 and for all sorts of men living, 541 Tim. 2:1–2 or that shall live hereafter; 55John 17:20, […]

184. For what things are we to pray?

We are to pray for all things tending to the glory of God, 58Matt. 6:9 the welfare of the church, 59Ps. 51:18, Ps. 122:6 our own 60Matt. 7:11 or others, good; 61Ps. 125:4 but not for any thing that is unlawful. 621 John 5:14

185. How are we to pray?

We are to pray with an awful apprehension of the majesty of God, 63Eccl. 5:1 and deep sense of our own unworthiness, 64Gen. 18:27, Gen. 32:10 necessities, 65Luke 15:17–19 and sins; 66Luke 18:13–14 with penitent, 67Ps. 51:17 thankful, 68Phil. 4:6 and enlarged hearts; 691 Sam. 1:15, 1 Sam. 2:1 with understanding, 701 Cor. 14:15 faith, […]

187. How is the Lord’ s prayer to be used?

The Lord’ s prayer is not only for direction, as a pattern, according to which we are to make other prayers; but may also be used as a prayer, so that it be done with understanding, faith, reverence, and other graces necessary to the right performance of the duty of prayer. 80Matt. 6:9, Luke 11:2

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