Westminster Shorter Catechism

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

In the first petition, 1which is, Hallowed be thy name, 4Matt. 6:9 we pray, That God would enable us and others to glorify him in all that whereby he maketh himself known; 2Ps. 67:2–3 and that he would dispose all things to his own glory. 3Ps. 83

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

In the third petition, 5which is, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven, 8Matt. 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, 6Ps. 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, 9which is, Thy kingdom come, 14Matt. 6:10 we pray, That Satan’ s kingdom may be destroyed; 10Ps. 68:1,18 and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced, 11Rev. 12:10–11 ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it; 122 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, 15which is, Give us this day our daily bread, 17Matt. 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. 16Prov. 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, 18which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, 21Matt. 6:13 we pray, That god would either keep us from being tempted to sin, 19Matt. 26:41 or support and deliver us when we are tempted. 202 Cor. 12:7–8

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

In the fifth petition, 22which is, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, 25Matt. 6:12 we pray, That God, for Christ’ s sake, would freely pardon all our sins; 23Ps. 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, 26which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen. 30Matt. 6:13 teacheth us, to take our encouragement in prayer from God only, 27Dan. 9:4,7–9,16–19 and in our prayers to praise him, ascribing kingdom, power, and glory to him. 281 Chron. 29:10–13 […]

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

The whole Word of God is of use to direct us in prayer; 311 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. 32Matt. 6:9–13, Luke 11:2–4

84. What doth every sin deserve?

Every sin deserveth God’ s wrath and curse, both in this life, and that which is to come. 33Eph. 5:6, Gal. 3:10, Lam. 3:39, Matt. 25:41

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