Westminster Larger Catechism

184. For what things are we to pray?

We are to pray for all things tending to the glory of God, 1Matt. 6:9 the welfare of the church, 2Ps. 51:18, Ps. 122:6 our own 3Matt. 7:11 or others, good; 4Ps. 125:4 but not for any thing that is unlawful. 51 John 5:14

185. How are we to pray?

We are to pray with an awful apprehension of the majesty of God, 6Eccl. 5:1 and deep sense of our own unworthiness, 7Gen. 18:27, Gen. 32:10 necessities, 8Luke 15:17–19 and sins; 9Luke 18:13–14 with penitent, 10Ps. 51:17 thankful, 11Phil. 4:6 and enlarged hearts; 121 Sam. 1:15, 1 Sam. 2:1 with understanding, 131 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. 23Matt. 6:9, Luke 11:2

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

The preface of the Lord’ s prayer 24contained in these words, Our Father which art in heaven, 30Matt. 6:9 teacheth us, when we pray, to draw near to God with confidence of his fatherly goodness, and our interest therein; 25Luke 11:13, Rom. 8:15 with reverence, and all other child-like dispositions, 26Isa. 64:9 heavenly affections, 27Ps. […]

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

In the first petition, 31which is, Hallowed by thy name, 46Matt. 6:9 acknowledging the utter inability and indisposition that is in ourselves and all men to honor God aright, 322 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, 47which is, Thy kingdom come, 60Matt. 6:10 acknowledging ourselves and all mankind to be by nature under the dominion of sin and Satan, 48Eph. 2:2–3 we pray, that the kingdom of sin and Satan may be destroyed, 49Ps. 68:1,18, Rev. 12:10–11 the gospel propagated throughout the world, 502 Thess. 3:1 the […]

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

In the third petition,  61which is, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven, 79Matt. 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, 62Rom. 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, 80which is, Give us this day our daily bread, 92Matt. 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 […]

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