Imatges de pàgina

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 (con. tained in these words, Our Father which art in heaven) (1) teacheth us, when we pray, to draw near to God with confidence of his fatherly goodness, and our interest therein; (2) with reverence, and all other childlike dispo sitions, (3) heavenly affections, (4) and due apprehensions of his sovereign power, majesty, and gracious condescension: (5) as also to pray with and for others. (6)

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

(1) Matt. vi. 9.

(2) Luke xi. 13. If ye, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children; how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him. Rom. viii. 15.

(3) Ps. xcv. 6, 7.-Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Isa. lxiv. 9.

(4) Ps. cxxiii. 1. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O

thou that dwellest in the heavens. Lam. iii. 41. Let us lift up our heart, with our hands unto God in the heavens (5) Ps. civ. 1, 2. Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Isa. lxiii. 15. Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies towards me? are they restrained? Ps. cxiii. 4, 5, 6.


(6) Acts xii. 5. Peter therefore was kept in prison; prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. Zech. viii. 21.

A. In the first petition, (which is, Hallowed be thy name) (1) acknowledging the utter inability and indisposition that is in ourselves and all men to honour God aright; (2) we pray, that God would by his grace enable and incline us and others to know, to acknowledge, and highly to esteem him, (3) his titles, (4) attributes, (5) ordinances, word,(6) works, and whatsoever he is pleased to make himself known by; (7) and to glorify him in thought, word, (8)

(1) Matt. vi. 9. (2) 2 Cor. iii. 5. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves: but our sufficiency is of God. Ps. li. 15. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.

(3) Ps. Ixvii. 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. Ps. lxxii. 19.-Let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Eph. iii. 20, 21. (4) Ps. lxxxiii. 18. That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the Most High over all the earth.

(5) Ps. cxlv. 6, 7, 8. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts; and I will declare thy great ness.. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. Ps. lxxxvi. 10, 15.

(6) 2 Thess. iii. 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. Ps. cvii. 32. Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders. 2 Cor. ii. 14.

(7) Ps. viii. and cxlv. throughout.

(8) Ps. xix. 14. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of mine heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

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: (1) that Christ would rule in our hearts here, (2) and hasten the time of his second coming, and our reigning with him for ever; (3) 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. (4)

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

A. In the third petition, (which is, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven) (5) acknowledging that by nature we and all men are not only utterly unable and unwilling to

(1) 2 Cor. iv. 2.-Nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but, by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. Acts xxvi. 18. To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified. 2 Thess. ii. 16, 17. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

(2) Eph. iii. 14, 17. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,-that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.

(3) Rev. xxii. 20. He which testineth these things saith, Surely I come quickly; Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 2 Tim. ii. 12. If we suffer, we shall also reign with him.


(4) Ps. xlv. 3, 4. Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most Mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty, &c. See figure (7), page 362.

(5) Matt. vi. 10.

know and do the will of God, (1) but prone to rebel against his word, (2) to repine and murmur against his providence, (3) and wholly inclined to do the will of the flesh, and of the devil: (4) we pray, that God would by his Spirit take away from ourselves and others all blindness, (5) weakness, (6) indisposedness, (7) and perverseness of heart, (8) and by his grace

(1) 1 Cor. ii. 14.-The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. Rom. viii. 5, 8.

(2) Rom. viii. 7. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

(3) Matt. xx. 11, 12. And when they had received it, they murmured against the good man of the house, saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. Ps. lxxiii. 3.-I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

(4) Tit. iii. 3. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, &c. Eph. ii. 2, 3. See figure (1), page 363.

(5) Eph. i. 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; &c.

(6) Eph. iii. 16. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.

(7) Matt. xxvi. 40, 41. And he cometh unto the dis ciples, 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. Rom. vii. 24, 25. (8) Ezek. xi. 19.—And I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh. Jer,

make us able and willing to know, do, and submit, to his will in all things, (1) with the like humility, (2) cheerfulness, (3) faithfulness, (4) diligence, (5) zeal, (6) sincerity, (7) and constancy, (8) as the angels do in heaven. (9)

xxxi. 18.-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.

(1) Ps. cxix. 35. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Acts xxi. 14. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done. 1 Sam. iii. 18.

(2) Ps. cxxiii. 2. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God. Ps. cxxxi. 2. Mic. vi. 8.

(3) Ps. c. 2. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing.

(4) Isa. xxxviii. 3.-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. Eph. vi. 6. Doing the will of God from the heart.

(5) Ps. cxix. 4.

(6) Rom. xii. 11. Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.

(7) 2 Cor. i. 12.-Our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world.

(8) Ps. exix. 112. I have inclined my heart to perform thy statutes always, even unto the end. Rom. ii. 7. To them who by patient continuance in well-doing, seek for glory, and honour, and immortality; eternal life.

(9) Ps. ciii. 20, 21, 22. 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 ve his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.less the Lord, O my soul. Dan. vii. 10.

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