Westminster Larger Catechism

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. 1Matt. 6:9, Luke 11:2

189. What doth the preface of the Lord’ s prayer teach us?

The preface of the Lord’ s prayer 2contained in these words, Our Father which art in heaven, 8Matt. 6:9 teacheth us, when we pray, to draw near to God with confidence of his fatherly goodness, and our interest therein; 3Luke 11:13, Rom. 8:15 with reverence, and all other child-like dispositions, 4Isa. 64:9 heavenly affections, 5Ps. […]

190. What do we pray for in the first petition?

In the first petition, 9which is, Hallowed by thy name, 24Matt. 6:9 acknowledging the utter inability and indisposition that is in ourselves and all men to honor God aright, 102 Cor. 3:5, Ps. 51:15 we pray, that God would by his grace enable and incline us and others to know, to acknowledge, and highly to […]

191. What do we pray for in the second petition?

In the second petition, 25which is, Thy kingdom come, 38Matt. 6:10 acknowledging ourselves and all mankind to be by nature under the dominion of sin and Satan, 26Eph. 2:2–3 we pray, that the kingdom of sin and Satan may be destroyed, 27Ps. 68:1,18, Rev. 12:10–11 the gospel propagated throughout the world, 282 Thess. 3:1 the […]

192. What do we pray for in the third petition?

In the third petition,  39which is, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven, 57Matt. 6:10 acknowledging, that by nature we and all men are not only utterly unable and unwilling to know and do the will of God, 40Rom. 7:18, Job 21:14, 1 Cor. 2:14 but prone to rebel against his […]

193. What do we pray for in the fourth petition?

In the fourth petition, 58which is, Give us this day our daily bread, 70Matt. 6:11 acknowledging, that in Adam, and by our own sin, we have forfeited our right to all the outward blessings of this life, and deserve to be wholly deprived of them by God, and to have them cursed to us in […]

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

In the fifth petition, 71which is, Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, 79Matt. 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, 80which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, 102Matt. 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; 812 Chron. 32:31 […]

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

The conclusion of the Lord’ s prayer, 103which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 112Matt. 6:13 teacheth us to enforce our petitions with arguments, 104Rom. 15:30 which are to be taken, not from any worthiness in ourselves, or in any other creature, but from God; 105Dan. […]

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