Westminster Larger Catechism

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

In the fourth petition, 1which is, Give us this day our daily bread, 13Matt. 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, 14which is, Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, 22Matt. 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, 23which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, 45Matt. 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; 242 Chron. 32:31 […]

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

The conclusion of the Lord’ s prayer, 46which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 55Matt. 6:13 teacheth us to enforce our petitions with arguments, 47Rom. 15:30 which are to be taken, not from any worthiness in ourselves, or in any other creature, but from God; 48Dan. […]

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; 56John 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, 57John 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 59although not in all persons, nor at all times, in the same measure those apprehensions, […]

167. How is our baptism to be improved by us?

The needful but much neglected duty of improving our baptism, is to be performed by us all our life long, especially in the time of temptation, and when we are present at the administration of it to others; 61Col. 2:11–12, Rom. 6:4,6,11 by serious and thankful consideration of the nature of it, and of the […]

168. What is the Lord’ s supper?

The Lord’ s supper is a sacrament of the New Testament, 70Luke 22:20 wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine according to the appointment of Jesus Christ, his death is shewed forth; and they that worthily communicate feed upon his body and blood, to their spiritual nourishment and growth in grace; 71Matt. 26:26–28, 1 […]

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