Westminster Larger Catechism

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

In the first petition, 1which is, Hallowed by thy name, 16Matt. 6:9 acknowledging the utter inability and indisposition that is in ourselves and all men to honor God aright, 22 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, 17which is, Thy kingdom come, 30Matt. 6:10 acknowledging ourselves and all mankind to be by nature under the dominion of sin and Satan, 18Eph. 2:2–3 we pray, that the kingdom of sin and Satan may be destroyed, 19Ps. 68:1,18, Rev. 12:10–11 the gospel propagated throughout the world, 202 Thess. 3:1 the […]

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

In the third petition,  31which is, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven, 49Matt. 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, 32Rom. 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, 50which is, Give us this day our daily bread, 62Matt. 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, 63which is, Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, 71Matt. 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, 72which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, 94Matt. 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; 732 Chron. 32:31 […]

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

The conclusion of the Lord’ s prayer, 95which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 104Matt. 6:13 teacheth us to enforce our petitions with arguments, 96Rom. 15:30 which are to be taken, not from any worthiness in ourselves, or in any other creature, but from God; 97Dan. […]

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; 105John 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, 106John 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 108although 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; 110Eph. 6:18, Ps. 28:9 for magistrates, 1111 Tim. 2:1–2 and ministers; 112Col. 4:3 for ourselves, 113Gen. 32:11 our brethren, 114James 5:16 yea, our enemies; 115Matt. 5:44 and for all sorts of men living, 1161 Tim. 2:1–2 or that shall live hereafter; 117John 17:20, […]

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