Westminster Shorter Catechism

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

In the fifth petition, 1which is, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, 4Matt. 6:12 we pray, That God, for Christ’ s sake, would freely pardon all our sins; 2Ps. 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, 5which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen. 9Matt. 6:13 teacheth us, to take our encouragement in prayer from God only, 6Dan. 9:4,7–9,16–19 and in our prayers to praise him, ascribing kingdom, power, and glory to him. 71 Chron. 29:10–13 […]

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

In the first petition, 10which is, Hallowed be thy name, 13Matt. 6:9 we pray, That God would enable us and others to glorify him in all that whereby he maketh himself known; 11Ps. 67:2–3 and that he would dispose all things to his own glory. 12Ps. 83

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

In the third petition, 14which is, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven, 17Matt. 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, 15Ps. 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, 18which is, Thy kingdom come, 23Matt. 6:10 we pray, That Satan’ s kingdom may be destroyed; 19Ps. 68:1,18 and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced, 20Rev. 12:10–11 ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it; 212 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, 24which is, Give us this day our daily bread, 26Matt. 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. 25Prov. 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, 27which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, 30Matt. 6:13 we pray, That god would either keep us from being tempted to sin, 28Matt. 26:41 or support and deliver us when we are tempted. 292 Cor. 12:7–8

89. How is the Word made effectual to salvation?

The Spirit of God maketh the reading, but especially the preaching of the Word, an effectual means of convincing and converting sinners, and of building them up in holiness and comfort, through faith, unto salvation. 31Neh. 8:8, 1 Cor. 14:24–25, Acts 26:18, Ps. 19:8, Acts 20:32, Rom. 15:4, 2 Tim. 3:15–17, Rom. 10:13–17, Rom. 1:16

91. How do the sacraments become effectual means of salvation?

The sacraments become effectual means of salvation, not from any virtue in them, or in him that doth administer them; but only by the blessing of Christ, 321 Pet. 3:21, Matt. 3:11, 1 Cor. 3:6–7 and the working of his Spirit in them that by faith receive them. 331 Cor. 12:13

99. What rule hath God given for our direction in prayer?

The whole Word of God is of use to direct us in prayer; 341 John 5:14 but the special rule of direction is that form of prayer which Christ taught his disciples, commonly called The Lord’ s prayer. 35Matt. 6:9–13, Luke 11:2–4

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