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Q. 190. What do we pray for in the first petition? A. In the first petition, (which is, Hallowed be thy name (k), acknowledging the utter inability and indisposition that is in ourselves and all men to honour God aright (1), we pray that God would by his grace enable and incline us and others to know, to acknowledge, and highly to esteem him (m), his titles (n), attributes (o), ordinances, word (p), works, and whatsoever he is pleased to make himself known by (q); and to glorify him in thought, word (r), and deed (s): that he would prevent and remove Atheism (t), ignorance (v), idolatry (w), profaneness (x), and whatsoever is dishonour
though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge_us not: thou, O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.
(i) Acts 12. 5. Peter therefore was kept in prison: but pray er was made, without ceasing, of the church unto God for him.
(k) Matthew 6. 9.
(2 Cor. 3. 5. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves: but our sufficiency is of God.
(m) Psal. 67. 2, 3. That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
(n) Psal. 83. 18. That men may know, that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the Most High over all the earth.
(a) Peal. 86. 10. For thou art great, and dost wondrous things: thou art God alone.
(p) 2 Thess. 3. 1. Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified even as it is with you. Psal. 147. 19. He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
(9) Psal. 145, throughout. I
will extol thee, my God, O King, &c. Psal. 8, throughout. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! &c.
(r) Psal. 103. 1. Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
(8) Phil. 1. 9. 11. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge, and in all judgment; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ unto the glory and praise of God.
(t) Psalms 67. 1, 2. God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us. That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
(v) Eph. 1. 17, 18. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him : The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.
(w) Psal. 97. 7. Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.
(x) Psal. 74. 18. Remember
able to him (y), and, by his over-ruling providence, direct and dispose of all things to his own glory (z).
Q. 191. What do we pray for in the second petition? A. In the second petition, which is, Thy kingdom come (a), acknowledging ourselves, and all mankind, to be by nature under the dominion of sin and Satan (b), we pray, that the kingdom of sin and Satan may be destroyed (c), the gospel propagated throughout the world (d), the Jews called (e), the fulness of the Gentiles brought in (f); the church furnished with all gospel-officers and ordinances (g), purged from corruption (h),
this, 'that the enemy hath reproached, O Lord, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.
(y) 2 Kings 19. 15, 16, And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said, O Lord God of Israel, which dwellest between the che rubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth, thou hast made heaven and earth. Lord, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, Lord, thine eyes, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.
(z) 2 Chron. 20. 6. And (Jehoshaphat) said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?
tivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebelhous also, that the Lord God might dwell among them.
(d) 2 Thess. 3. 1. Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified even as it is with you.
(e) Rom. 10. 1. Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
(f) John 17. 9. 20. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall be lieve on me through their word.
(g) Matthew 9. 38. Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. 2 Thess. 3. 1. Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified even as it is with you.
(h) Mal. 1. 11. For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same, my name shall be great among the Gentiles, and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering; for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.
countenanced and maintained by the civil magistrate (i): that the ordinances of Christ may be purely dispensed and made effectual to the converting of those that are yet in their sins, and the confirming, comforting, and building up of those that are already converted (k): that Christ would rule in our hearts here (1), and hasten the time of his second coming, and our reigning with him for ever (m): 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 (o), 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 (q), to repine and murmur against his providence (r), and wholly inclined to do the will of the
(i) 1 Tim. 2. 1. I exhort, therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men: v. 2. For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
(k) 2 Thes. 1. 11. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of his calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power. 2 Thes. 2. 16, 17. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation, and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
(1) Eph. 3. 14-16. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his
Spirit in the inner man.
(m) Rev. 22. 20. He which testifieth these things saith, Sure. ly I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
(n) Isaiah 64. 1, 2. Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence: As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries; that the nations may tremble at thy presence.
(o) Matthew 6. 10.
(P) Rom. 7. 18. For I know, that in me, (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me, but how to perform that which is good, I find not.
(9) Rom. 8. 7. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
(r) Exod. 17. 7. And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and
flesh, and of the devil (s); we pray, that God would by his Spirit take away from ourselves and others all blindness (t), weakness (v), indisposedness (w), and perverseness of heart (x); and by his grace make us able and willing to know, do, and submit to his will in all things (y), with the like humility (z), cheerfulness (a), faithfulness (b), diligence (c), zeal (d), sincerity (e), and constancy (f), as the angels do in heaven (g).
Q. 193. What do we pray for in the fourth petition?
because they tempted the Lord, saying, Is the Lord among us, or not?
(8) Eph. 2. 2. Wherein, in time past, ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience,
(t) Eph. 1. 17. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, in the knowledge of him.
(v) Eph. 3. 16. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the in
(w) Mat. 26. 40, 41. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
(x) Jer. 31. 18, 19. I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus, Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the Lord my God. Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
(y) Psal. 119. 1. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
(z) Mic. 6. 8. He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
(a) Psal. 100. 2. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
(b) Isa. 88. 3. And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth, and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight: and Hezekiah wept sore.
(c) Psal. 119. 4, 5. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
(d) Rom. 12. 11. Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.
(e) Psalms 119. 80. Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.
(f) Psal. 119. 112. I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.
(g) Psal. 103. 20, 21. Bless the Lord, ye his angels; that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts, ye ministers of his that do his pleasure
A. In the fourth petition, which is, Give us this day our daily bread (h), 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 the use of them (i); and that neither they of themselves are able to sustain us (k), nor we to merit (1), or by our own industry to procure them (m); but prone to desire (n), get (o), and use them unlawfully (p): we pray for ourselves and others, that both they and we, waiting upon the providence of God from day to day in the use of lawful means, may, of his free gift, and as to his fatherly wisdom shall seem best, enjoy a competent portion of them (q); and have the same continued and blessed unto
(h) Mat. 6. 11.
(i) Gen. 2. 17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest there of, thou shalt surely die. Gen. 3. 17. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it; cursed is the ground for thy sake: in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. Rom. 8. 20. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope.
(k) Deut, 8. 3. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna (which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know), that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.
(1) Gen. 32. 10. I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant.
(m) Deut. 8. 17, 18. And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of my hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God, for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
(n) Jer. 6. 13. For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them, every one is given to covetousness: and from the prophet even unto the priest, every one dealeth falsely.
(0) Hos. 12. 7. He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand he loveth to oppress.
(p) James 4. 3. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
(4) Gen. 28. 20. And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, if God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on. Eph. 4. 28. Let him that stole, steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.