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welfare of the church', our own 8 or others good h; but not for any thing that is unlawful i.

Q. 185. How are we to pray ?

A. We are to pray with an awful apprehension of the majesty o! God k, and deep sense of our own unworthiness!, necessities m, and sins"; with penitent", thankful P, and enlarged hearts?; with understanding", faith “, sincerity", fervency", love", and perseverancer, waiting upon nimy, with humble submission to his willz.

Q. 186. What rule hath God given for our direction in the duty of prayer ?

d. The whole word of God is of use to direct us in the duty of prayer a ; but the special rule of direction is that form of prayer which our Saviour Christ taught his disciples, commonly called The Lord's Praycrb.

f Psal. li. 18. Do good in thy good plea- in every thing by prayer and supplication, sure unto Zion : build thou the wails of with thanksgiving, let your requests be Jerusalem. Psal. cxxii. 6. Pray for the made known unto God. peace of Jerusalem : they shall prosper 91 Sam. i. 15. And Hannah answered that love thee.

and saiii, Yo, my lord; I am a woman of g Mat. vii. 11. If ye then, being eril, a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither know how to give good gifts unto your wine nor strong drink, but have poured children, how much more shall your out my soul before the Lord. 1 Sam. ii. Father which is in heaven give good 1. Anů Hannah prayed, and said, My thinrs to them that ask him ?

heart rejoiceth in the Lord ; mine horn is h Psal. cxxv. 4. Do good, O Lord, unto exalted in the Lord; my mouth is enlargthose that be good, and to them that are ed over mine enemies; because I rejoice upright in their hearts.

in thy salvation. 'il John v. 14. And this is the confidence r1 Cor. xiv. 15. What is it then? I will that we have in him, that, if we ask any pray with the spirit, ani I will pray with thing according to his will, he heareth the understanding also:

s Mark xi. 24. Therefore I say unto you, 185. k Eccl. v. 1. Keep thy foot when What things soever ye desire, when ye thou goest to the house of God, and be pray, believe that ye receive them, and je more ready to hear than to give the sacri- shall have them. James i. 6. But let him fice of fools: for they consider not that ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he they do evil.

that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, 1 Gen. xviii. 27. And Abraham answer- driven with the wind and tossed. ed and said, Behold now, I have taken t Psal. cxlv. 18. The Lord is nigh unto upon ine to speak unto the Lord, which all them that call upon him, to all that am but dust and ashes. Gen. xxxii. 10. I call upon him in truth. Psal xvii. 1. Hear am not worthy of the least of all the mer- the right, O Lord, attend unto my cry ; cies, and of all the truth, which thou hast give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not showed unto thy servant.

out of feigned lips. m Luke xv. 17. And when he came to v James v. 16.--The effectual fervent himself, he said, How many hired ser- prayer of a righteous man availeth much. vants of my father's have bread enough, w 1 Tim. ii. 8. I will therefore that men and to spare, and I perish with hunger! pray every where, lifting up holy hands, Ver. 18. I will arise, and go to my father, without wrath and doubting. and will say unto him, Father, I have * Eph. vi. 18. Praying always with all sinned against Heaven, and before thee, prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and Ver. 19. And am no more worthy to be watching thereunto with all perseverance called thy son: make me as one of thy and supplication for all saints. hired servants.

y Mical vii. 7. Therefore I will look 11* Luke xviii. 13. And the publican, to the Lord; I will wait for the God of standing afar off, would not lift up so my salvation: my God will hear me much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote z Mat. xxvi. 39. And he went a little farupon his breast, saying. God be merciful ther, and fell on his face, and prayeu, savto me a sinner. Ver. 14. I tell you, this ing, O my Father,viť it be possible, let this man went down to his house justified ra- cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I ther than the other: for every one that will, but as thou wilt. exalteth himself shall be a based: and he 186, 1 John v. 14. And this is the conthat liumbeth liiniself shall be exalted. fidence that we have iu him, that, if we

o l'sal. li. 17. The sacrifices of God are ask any thing according to his will, lio a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heareth us. heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

b Mat. vi. 9-13. After this manner thereP Pbil. iv. 6. Be careful for nothing: but fore pray ye: Our Father, &c. Luke xi. 2,

us.

Q. 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

Q. 188. Of how many parts doth the Lord's prayer consist ?

A. The Lord's prayer consists of three parts; a preface, petitions, and a conclusion.

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

A. The preface of the Lord's prayer (contained in these words, Our Father, which art in heaven'',) teacheth us, when we pray, to draw near to God with confidence of his fatherly goodness, and our interest thereino; with reverence, and all other child-like dispositions ?, heavenly affections 8, and due apprehensions of his sovereign power, majesty, and gracious condescension h: as also, to pray with and for others i

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

A. In the first petition, (which is, Hallowed be thy name ",)acknowledging the utter inability and indisposition that is in ourselves and all men to honour God aright', we pray, that God would by his grace enable and incline us and others to know, to acknowledge, and highly to esteem himm, his titles ", attributes°, ordinances, word P, 8, 4. And he said unto them, When ye pray, tentive, and thine eyes open, that thou say, Our Father, &c.

mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, 187. c Mat. vi. 9. Compared with Luke which I pray before thee now, day and xi. 2. (See above in letter b.]

night, for the childien of Israel thy ser188. d Mat. vi. 9.

vants, and confess the sins of the children e Luke xi. 13. If ye then, being evil, know of Israel, which we have sinned against how to give good gifts unto your children; thee: both I and my father's house have how much more shall your heavenly Fa- sinned. ther give the Holy Spirit to them that ask i Acts xii. 5. Peter therefore was kept him? Rom. viii. 15. For ye have not re- in prison ; but prayer was made without ceived the spirit of bondage again to fear; ceasing of the church unto God for him. but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, 190. k Mat. vi. 9. whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

12 Cor. iii. 5. Not that we are suflicient f Isa. Ixiv. 9. Be not wroth very sore, 0 of ourselves to think any thing as of ourLord, neither remember iniquity for ever: selves; but our sufficiency is of God. Psal. behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all li. 15. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my thy people.

mouth shall show forth thy praise. Psal. cxxiii. 1. Unto thee lift I up mine m Psal. lxvii. 2. That thy way may be eyes, 0 thou that dwellest in the heavens. known upon earth, thy saving health Lam. iii. 41. Let us lift up our heart with among all nations. Ver. 3. Let the people our hands unto God in the heavens.

praise thee, O God; let all the people h Isa. Ixiii. 15. Look down from heaven, praise thee. and behold from the habitation of thy n Psal. Ixxxiii. 18. That men may know holiness and of thy glory: where is thy that thou, whose name aloneis JEHOVAH, zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy art the most High over all the earth. bowe's and of thy mercies toward me? are o Psal. Ixxxvi. 10. For thou art great, they restrained ? Ver. 16. Doubtless thou and doest wondrous things: thou art God art our Father, though Abraham be ig- alone. Ver. 11. Teach me thy way, O Lord : norant of us, and Israel acknowledge us I will walk in thy truth: unite my heurt to not: thou, O Lord, art our father, our fear thy name. Ver. 12. I will praise thee, Redeemer; thy name is from everlasting O Lord my God, with all my heart; and I Neh. i. 4. And it came to pass, when I will glorify thy name for evermore. Ver. heard these words, that I sat down and 13. For great is thy mercy toward me; wept, and mourned certain days, and fast. and thou hast delivered my soul from the ed, and prayed before the God of heaven, lowest hell. Ver. 15. But thiou, O Lord, art Ver. 5. And said, I beseech thee, O Lord a God full of compassion, and gracious, God of heaven, the great and terrible God, long-suffering, and plenteous in mercy that keepeth covenant and mercy for them and truth. that love him, and observe his command. ments: Ver. 6. Let thine ear now be at- for us, that the word of the Lord may

p 2 Thess. iji. 1. Finally, brethren, pray works, and whatsoever he is pleased to make himself known by?; and to glorify him in thought, word", and deed :: that he would į revent and remove atheism, ignorance', idolatry ", profaneness *, and whatsoever is dishonourable to him y; and, by his over-ruling providence, direct and dispose of all things to his own glory”.

Q. 191. What do we pray for in the second petition ?

A. In the second petition, (which is, Thy kingdom come",) acknowledging ourselves and all mankind to bo by nature under the dominion of sin and Satan', we pray, that the kingdom of sin and

name,

have free course, and be glorified, even as w Psal. xcvii. 7. Confounded be all they it is with you. Psal. cxlvii. 19. He showeth that serve graven images, that boast them. his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his selves of idols: worship him, all ye gods. judgments unto Israel. Ver. 20. He hath * Psal. lxxiv. 18. Remember this, that not dealt so with any nation : and as for the enemy hath reproached, O Lord, and his judgments, they have not known them, that the foolish people have blasphemed Praise ye the Lord. Psal. cxxxviii. 1. I thy name. Ver. 22. Arise, O God, plead will praise thee with my whole heart: be- thine own cause : remember how the foolfore the gods will I sing praise unto thee. ish man reproacheth thee daily. Ver. 23. Ver. 2. I will worship toward thy holy Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the temple, and praise thy name for thy lov- tumult of those that rise up against thee ing-kindness, and for thy truth: for thou increaseth continually. hast magnified thy word above all thy y 2 Kings xix. 15. And Hezekiah prayed

Ver. 3. In the day when I cried before the Lord, and said, O Lord God of thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst Israel, which dwellest between the cheru. me with strength in my soul. 2. Cor. ii. 14. bims, thou art the God, even thou alone, Now thanks be unto God, which ys of all the kingdoms of the rth : thou causeth us to triumph in Christ, and mak. hast made heaven and earth. Ver. 16. eth manifest the savour of his knowledge Lord, bow down thine ear, and hcar; open. by us in every place. Ver. 15. For we are Lord, thine eyes, and see; and hear the unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in words of Sennacherib, which hath sent them that are saved, and in them that him to reproach the living God. perish.

22 Chron. xx. 6. And (Jehoshaphat) said, q Psal. cxlv. throughout. I will extol thee, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou my God, 0 King, dc. P'sal. viii. throughout. God in heaven? and rulest not thou over O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy all the kingdoms of the heathen ? and in name in all the earth! dc.

thine hand is there not power and might, rI'sal. ciii. 1. Bless the Lord, O my soul; so that none is able to withstand thee! and all that is within me, bless his holy Ver. 10. And now, behold, the children of name. Psal. xix. 14. Let the words of my Ammon, and Moab, and mount Seir, whom mouth, and the meditation of my heart, thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my they came out of the land of Egypt, but strength, and my redeemer.

they turned from them, and destroyed s Phil. i. 9. And this I pray, that your them not; Ver. 11. Behold, I say, how love may abound yet more and more in they reward us, to come to cast us out of knowledge and in all judgment;. Ver. 11. thy possession, which thou hast given us Being filled with the fruits of righteous. to inherit. Ver. 12. O our God, wilt thou ness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the not judge them? for we have no might glory and praise of God.

against this great company that cometh t Psal. Ixvii. 1. God be merciful unto us, against us; neither know we what to do: and bless us: and cause his face to shine but our eyes are upon thee. Psal. Ixxxiii. upon us.

Selah. Ver. 2. That thy way throughout. Keep not thou silence, O God : may be known upon earth, thy saving hold not thy peace, dc. Psal. cxl. 4. Keep health among all nations. Ver. 3. Let the me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; people praise thee, O God: let all the peo- preserve me from the violent man, who ple praise thee Ver. 4. O let the nations have purposed to overthrow my goings. be glad, and sing for joy: for thou shalt Ver. 8. Grant not, O Lord, the desires of judge the people righteously, and govern the wicked; further not his wicked device, the nations upon earth. Selal.

lest they exalt themselves. Selah. v Eph. i. 17. That the God of our Lord 191. a Mat. vi. 10. Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may b Eph. ii. 2. Wherein in time past ye give unto you the spirit of wisdom and walked according to the course of this revelation in the knowledge of him: Ver. world, according to the prince of the power 18. The eyes of your understanding being of the air, the spirit that now worketli in enlightened: thai ye may know what is the children of disobedience: Ver. 3. Among the hope of his calling, and what the whom also we all had our conversation in riches of the glory of his inheritance in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfill. the saints.

ing the desires of the flesh and of the

Satan may be destroyed, the gospel propagated throughout the world , the Jews callede, the fulness of the Gentiles brought inf; the church furnished with all gospel-officers and ordinances , purgel from corruption ", countenanced and maintained by the civil magistratei : that the ordinances of Christ may be purely dispensed, anul made eflectual to the converting of those that are yet in their sins, and the confirming, comforting, and building up of those that are already convertedk: that Christ would rule in our hearts here!, and hasten the time of his second coming, and our reigning with him for

mind; and were by nature the children of the name of the Lord, to serve him with wratli, even as others.

one consent. c Psal. lxviii. 1. Let God arise, let his i 1 Tim. ii. 1. I exhort therefore, that, enemies be scattered: let them also that first of all, supplications, prayers, interhate him tiee before him. Ver. 18. Thou cessions, and giving of thanks, be made hast ascended on high, thou hast led cap- for all men; Ver. 2. For kings, and for all tivity captive: thou hast received gifts for that are in authority; that we may lead a men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the quiet and peaceable life in all godliness Lord God might dwell among them. Rev. and honesty. xii. 10. And I heard a loud voice saying k Acts iv. 29. And now, Lord, behold in heaven, Now is coine salvation, and their threatenings: and grant unto thy strength, and the kingdom of our God, serrants, that with all boldness they may and the power of his Christ: for the ac- speak thy word, Ver. 30. By stretching cuser of our brethren is cast down, which forth thine hand to heal; and that signs accused them before our God day and and wonders may be done by the name of niylit. Ver. 11. And they overcame him thy holy child Jesus. Eph. vi. 18. Praying by the blood of the Lamb, and by the always with all prayer and supplication in

oril of their testimony; and they loved the Spirit, and watching thereunto with not their lives unto the death.

all perseverance and supplication for all d 2 Thess. iii. 1. Finally, brethren, pray saints; Ver. 19. And for me, that utterfor us, that the word of the Lord may have ance may be given unto me, that I may free course, and be glorified, even as it is open my mouth boldly, to make known with you.

the mystery of the gospel, Ver. 20. For e Rom. x. 1. Brethren, my heart's desire which I am an ambassador in bonds; that and prayer to Gud for Israel is, that they therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to might be saved.

speak. Rom. XV. 29. And I am sure that, f John xvii. 9. I pray for them: I pray when I come unto you, I shall come in not for the world, but for them which thou the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of has given me; for they are thine. Ver. 20. Christ. Ver. 30. Now I beseech you, breNeither pray I for these alone, but for them thren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, als, which shall believe on me through and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive their word. Rom. xi. 25. For I would not, together with me in your prayers to God brethren, that ye should be ignorant of for me; Ver. 32. That I may come unto this mystery, (lest ye should be wise in you with joy by the will of God, and may your own conceits,) that blindness in part with you be refreshed. 2 Thess. i. 11. is happened to Israel, until the fulness of Wherefore also we pray always for you, thie Gentiles be come in. Ver. 26. And so that our God would count you worthy of all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure There shall come out of Sion the Delivers of his goodness, and the work of faith with er, and shall turn away ungodliness from power. 2 Thess. ii. 16. Now our Lord Jesus Jacob. Psal. lxvii. throughout. God be Christ himself, and God, even our Father, mercitul unto us, and bless us; and cause which hath loved us, and hath given us his face to shine upon us, dc.

everlasting consolation, and good hope 8 Mat. ix. 38. Pray ye therefore the Lord through grace, Ver. 17. Comfort your of the harvest, that he will send forth hearts, and stablish you in every good labourers into his harvest. 2 Thess. iii. 1. word and work. Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the 1 Eph. iii. 14. For this cause I bow my worl of the Lord may have free course, knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus and be gloritied, even as it is with you. Christ, Ver. 15. Of whom the whole family

h Mal. i. 11. For from the rising of the in heaven and earth is named, Ver. 16. sun, even unto the going down of the same, That he would grant you, according to my name shall be great among the Gen- the riches of his glory, to be strengthened tiles; and in every place incense shall be with might by his Spirit in the inner man; offered unto my name, and a pure offering: Ver. 17.' That Christ may dwell in your for my name shall be great among the hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and heathen, saith the Lord of hosts. Zeph. grounded in love, Ver. 18. May be able to iii. 9. For then will I turn to the people a comprehend with all saints what is the pure language, that they inay all call upon breadth, and length, and depth, and

Overm: and that he would be pleased so to exercise the kingdom of his power in all the world, as may best conduce to these ends n.

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

A. In the third petition, (which is, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven",) acknowledging, that by nature we and all men are not only utterly unable and unwilling to know and do the will of God P, but prone to rebel against his word 9, to repine and murmur against his providence ", and wholly inclined to do the will of the flesh, and of the devils: we pray, that God would by his Spirit take away from ourselves and others all blindness t, weakness v, indisposedness , and perverseness of heart*; and by his grace make us able and willing to know, do, and submit to his will in all things y, with the like

height; Ver. 19. And to know the love of of the chiding of the children of Israel, and Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye because they tempted the Lord, saying, Is might be filled with all the fulness of God. the Lord among us, or not? Numb. xiv. 2. Ver. 20. Now unto him that is able to do And all the children of Israel murmured exceeding abundantly above all that we against Moses and against Aaron; an! ask or think, according to the power that the whole congregation said unto them, worketh in us.

Would God that we had died in the land in Rev. xxii. 20. He which testifieth these of Egypt! or, would God we had died in things saith, Surely I come quickly: Amen. this wilderness! Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

s Eph. ii. 2.

Wherein in time past ye n Isa. lxiv. ). Oh that thou wouldest walked according to the course of this rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come world, according to the prince of the power down, that the mountains might flow down of the air, the spirit that now worketh in at thy presence; Ver. 2. As when the the children of disobedience. melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the t Eph. i. 17. That the God of our Lord waters to boil; to make thy name known Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may to thine adversaries, that the nations may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and tremble at thy presence! Rev. iv. 8. And revelation in the knowledge of him: Ver. the four beasts had each of them six wings 18. The eyes of your understanding being about him; and they were full of eyes enlightened; that ye may know what is within: and they rest not day and night, the hope of his calling, and what the saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Al- riches of the glory of his inheritance in mighty, which was, and is, and is to come. the saints. Ver. 9. And when those beasts give glory, v Eph. iii. 16. That he would grant you, and honour, and thanks, to him that sat according to the riches of his glory, to be on the throne, who liveth for ever and strengthened with might by his Spirit in ever, Ver. 10. The four and twenty elders the inner man. fall down before him that sat on the w Mat. xxvi. 40. And he cometh unto the throne, and worship him that liveth for disciples, and findeth them asleep, and ever and ever, and cast their crowns be- saith unto Peter, What! could ye not fore the throne, saying, Ver. 11. Thou art watch with me one hour ? Ver. 41. Watch worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and ho- and pray, that ye enter not into temptanour, and power: for thou hast created all tion: the spirit indeed is willing, but the things, and for thy pleasure they are and flesh is weak. were created.

x Jer. xxxi. 18. I have surely heard 192, o Mat. vi. 10.

Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou p Rom. vii. 18. For I know that in me hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thing: for to will is present with me; but thou me, and I shall be turned : for thou how to perform that which is good I find art the Lord my God. Ver. 19. Surely not. Job xxi. 14. Therefore they say unto after that I was turned, I repented; and God, Depart from us; for we desire not after that I was instructed, I smote upon the knowledge of thy ways. 1 Cor. ii. 14. my thigh : I was ashamed, yea, even conBut the natural man receiveth not the founded, because I did bear the reproach things of the Spirit of God: for they are of my youth. foolishness unto him; neither can he know y Psal. cxix. 1. Blessed are the undefiled them, because they are spiritually dis- in the way, who walk in the law of the cerned.

Lo Ver. 8. will keep thy statutes: 0 q Rom. viii. 7. Because the carnal mind forsake me not utterly. Ver. 35. Make me is enmity against God; for it is not subject to go in the path of thy commandments; tu the law of God, neither indeed can be. for therein do I delight. Ver. 36. Incliné

Exod. xvii. 7. And he called the name my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to of the place Massah, and Meribah, because covetousness. Acts xxi. 14. And when he

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