Westminster Shorter Catechism

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

In the third petition, 1which is, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven, 4Matt. 6:10 we pray, That God, by his grace, would make us able and willing to know, obey, and submit to his will in all things, 2Ps. 67, Ps. 119:36, Matt. 26:39, 2 Sam. 15:25, Job 1:21 as […]

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

In the second petition, 5which is, Thy kingdom come, 10Matt. 6:10 we pray, That Satan’ s kingdom may be destroyed; 6Ps. 68:1,18 and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced, 7Rev. 12:10–11 ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it; 82 Thess. 3:1, Rom. 10:1, John 17:9,20 and that the kingdom of […]

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

In the fourth petition, 11which is, Give us this day our daily bread, 13Matt. 6:11 we pray, That of God’ s free gift we may receive a competent portion of the good things of this life, and enjoy his blessing with them. 12Prov. 30:8–9, Gen. 28:20, 1 Tim. 4:4–5

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

In the sixth petition, 14which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, 17Matt. 6:13 we pray, That god would either keep us from being tempted to sin, 15Matt. 26:41 or support and deliver us when we are tempted. 162 Cor. 12:7–8

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

In the fifth petition, 18which is, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, 21Matt. 6:12 we pray, That God, for Christ’ s sake, would freely pardon all our sins; 19Ps. 51:1–2,7,9, Dan. 9:17–19 which we are the rather encouraged to ask, because by his grace we are enabled from the heart to […]

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

The conclusion of the Lord’ s prayer, 22which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen. 26Matt. 6:13 teacheth us, to take our encouragement in prayer from God only, 23Dan. 9:4,7–9,16–19 and in our prayers to praise him, ascribing kingdom, power, and glory to him. 241 Chron. 29:10–13 […]

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

In the first petition, 27which is, Hallowed be thy name, 30Matt. 6:9 we pray, That God would enable us and others to glorify him in all that whereby he maketh himself known; 28Ps. 67:2–3 and that he would dispose all things to his own glory. 29Ps. 83

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

The preface of the Lord’ s prayer, 31which is, Our Father which art in heaven, 34Matt. 6:9 teacheth us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father, able and ready to help us; 32Rom. 8:15, Luke 11:13 and that we should pray with and for others. 33Acts […]

95. To whom is baptism to be administered?

Baptism is not to be administered to any that are out of the visible church, till they profess their faith in Christ, and obedience to him; 35Acts 8:36–38, Acts 2:38 but the infants of such as are members of the visible church are to be baptized. 36Acts 2:38–39, Gen. 17:10, Col. 2:11–12, 1 Cor. 7:14

82. Is any man able perfectly to keep the commandments of God?

No mere man since the fall is able in this life perfectly to keep the commandments of God, 37Eccles. 7:20, 1 John 1:8,10, Gal. 5:17 but doth daily break them in thought, word, and deed. 38Gen. 6:5, Gen. 8:21, Rom. 3:9–21, James 3:2–13

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