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him y with humble submillion to his will z.

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

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

Q. 187. How is the Lord's prayer to be used?

A. 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 underftanding, faith, reverence, and other graces necessary to the right performance of the duty of prayer c.

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 chese words, Our Father who art in heaven d) teacheth us, when we pray, to draw near to God with confidence of his Fatherly goodness, and our interest thereine; with reverence, and all

other the Spirit, and watching thereunto 6 Mat, vi, verses 9, 10, 11, 126 with all perseverance, and fupplica- 13. After this manner therefore tion for all faints.

pray ye: Our Father, &c. Luke xi. y Micah vii. 7. Therefore I will verses 2, 3, 4. And he said unto look unto the Lord: I will wait for them, When ye pray, say, Our Fathe God of


salvation: : my God ther, &c. will hear me.

187. Mat. vi. 9. Compared with z Mat, xxvi. 39. And he went a Luke xi. 2. (See above in letter b.) little further, and fell on his face,

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9. and prayed, saying, O my Father, ¢ Luke xi. 13. If ye then, being if it be poflible, let this cup pass evil, know how to give good gifts from me i nevertheless, not as I will, unto your children: how much but as thou wilt.

more shall your heavenly Father 186. a 1 John v. 14. And this is give the Holy Spirit to them that the confidence that we have in him, ask him? Rom. viii, 15. For ye have that if we ask any thing according not received the spirit of bondage to his will, she heareth us.

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other child-like dispositions f, heavenly affectionsg, and due apprehenfions 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 ia ourselves and all men to honour God aright I, 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 whatso

ever thie spirit of adoption, whereby we open, that thou mayest hear the cry, Abba, Father.

prayer of thy fervant, which I pray flfa. lxiv. 9. Be not wroth very before thee now, day and night, fore, O Lord, neither remember i. for the children of Israel thy ferniquity for ever: behold, see, we vants, and confess the sins of the beseech thee, we are all thy people. children of Israel, which we have

& Pfal.cxxiii. 1. Unto thee lift I up finned against thee: both I and my mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in fathers house have finned. the heavens. Lam. iii. 41. Let us i Acts xii. 5. Peter therefore was lift up our heart with our hands un- kept in prison; but

prayer was made to God in the heavens.

without ceasing of the church un! Ifa, Ixiii, 15. Look down from to God for him. licaven, and behold from the habi.

190. k Mat. vi. 9. tation of thy holinefs and of thy 12 Cor. ïïi. 5. Not that we are glory: where is thy zeal and thy fufficient of ourselves to think any Itrength, the founding of thy bow. thing as of ourselves: but our fufels, and of thy mercies towards me? ficiency is of God. Pfal. li. 15.0 are they restrained ? v. 16. Doubt- Lord, open thou my lips, and my less thou art our Father, though A- mouth shall shew forth thy praise. braham be ignorant of us, and Israel m Pfal.lxvii.2. Thatthy way may acknowledge us not: thou, O Lord, be known upon the earth, thy favart our Father, our Redeemer, thy ing health among all nations. v. 3. name is from everlasting. Neh, i. 4. Let the people praise thee, O God; And it came to pass when I heard let all the people praise thee. these words, that I fat down and » Pfal. Ixxxiii. 18. That men may wept, and mourned certain days, know, that thou, whose name alone and fafted, and prayed before the is JEHOVAH, art the most High God of heaven, v. 5. And faid, I over all the earth. beseech thee, O Lord God of hea o Pfal. Ixxxvi. 10. For thou art ven, the great and terrible God, great, and doft wondrous things: that keepeth covenant and mercy thou 'art God alone. v. 11. Teach for them that love him and observe me thy way, O Lord, I will walk in his coinmandments: v.6. Let thine thy truth: unite my heart to fear ear now be attentive, and thine eyes thy name. v. 12. I will praise thee,

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erer he is pleased to make himself known by q; and to glorify him in thought, wordr, and deeds: that he would prevent and remove atheism t, ignorance v, idolatry w, profaneness x, ,


O Lord my God, with all my heart: my soul: and all that is within me, and I will glorify thy name for ever- bless his holy name. Psa. xix. 14. more. v. 13. For great is thy mer. Let the words of my mouth, and cy toward me; and thou halt deli- the meditation of my heart be acvered my soul from the lowest hell. ceptable in thy fight, O Lord my V. 15. But thou, O Lord, art a God strength, and my redeemer. full of compassion, and gracious : f Phil.i. 9. And this I pray, that long-suffering, and plenteous in your love may abound yet more and mercy and truth.

more in knowledge, and in all judgp2 Theff. ii. 1. Finally, brethren, ment, v. 11. Being filled with the pray for us, that the word of the fruits of righteousness, which are Lord may have free course, and be by Jesus Christ unto the glory and glorified, even as it is with you. Pla. praise of God. cxlvii, 19. He theweth his word un Pfa.lxvii, 1. God be mercifulunto jicob, his statutes and his judg- to us, and bless us: and cause his ments unto Israel. v. 20. He hath face to shine upon us. Selah. v. 2. nol dealt so with any nation : and as That thy way may be known upon for his judgments, they have not earth, thy saving

earth, thy saving health among all known them. Praise ye the Lord. nations. v. 3. Let the people praise Pfa.cxxxviii. 1. I will praise thee with thee, O God; let all the people praise my whole heart, before the gods thee. v. 4. O let the nations be glad will I sing praise unto thec. v. 2. I and fing for joy: for thou shalt judge will worship toward thy holy tem the people righteously, and govern ple, and praise thy name, for thy the nations upon earth. Selah. loving kindness, and for thy truth: v Eph. i. 17. Thatthe God of our for thou hast magnified thy word Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of above all thy name. v. 3. In the glory, may give unto you the spirit day when I cried, thou answeredst of wisdom and revelation, in the me: and strengthenedst me with knowledge of him: v. 18. The eyes strength in my toul. 2 Cor. ii. 14. of your understanding being enlight. Now thanks be unto God, who al- ened; that yë may know what is ways causeth us totriumphin Christ, the hope of his calling, and what and maketh manifest the favour of the riches of the glory of his inhiehis knowledge by us in every place. ritance in the saints. v. 15. For we are unto God a sweet w Pfa.xcvii.7. Confounded beall favour of Christ, in them that are they that serve graven images, that faved, and in them that perish. boast themselves of idols: worship

qPfa.cxlv, throughout. I will ex- him, all ye gods. tol thee, my God, O King, &c. Psa. x Pía. lxxiv. 18. Remember this, viii, throughout. O Lord our Lord, that the enemy hath reproached, how excellent is thy name in all the O Lord, and that the foolish people earth! &c.

have blafphemed thy name. v. 22. Pfa, ciii. 1. Bless the Lord, O Arise, O God, plead thineown cause:

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and whatsoever is dishonourable to himy; and, by his overruling 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 fin and Satan may be destroyed c, the gospel


remember how the foolish man re- great companiy that cometh againit proacheth thee daily. v. 23. Forget us: neither know we what to do, not the voice of thine enemies: the but our eyes are upon thee. Plai! tumult of those that rise up against lxxxiii. throughout. Keep not thou thee, increaseth continually. silence, O God: hold not thy 1.9 2 Kings xix. 5: And Hezekiah peace, &c. Pfa.cxl. 4. Keep me, o prayed before the Lord, and said, Lord, from the hands of the wic. O Lord God of Israel, who dwellest ked, preserve me from the violent between the cherubims, thou art man, who hath purposed to Oferthe God, even thou alone, of all the throw my goings. v. 8. Grant not, kingdoms of the earth, thou hast O Lórd, the desires of the wicked, made heaven and earth, V. 16. further not his wicked devices, left Lord, bow down thine ear, and they exalt themselves. Selah. hear: open, Lord, thine eyes, and 191. a Mat. vi, 10. fec: and hear the words of Senache: b Eph.ii. 2. Wherein in time past, rib, who hath sent him to reproach ye walked according to the course of the living God.

this world, according to the prince : 2 Chron. xx. 6. And (Jehosha- of the power of the air, the fpirit phat) faid, O Lord God of our fa- that now worketh in the children of thers, art not thou God in heaven? disobediencè. v. 3. Among whom and rulest not thou overall the king- also we all had our converlation is doms of the heathen? and in thine times past, in the lusts of our fleh, hand is there not power and might, fulfilling the desires of the flesh, and so that none is able to withstand of the mind; and weré by nature the thee? v. 10. And now, behold, the children of wrath, even as others. children of Ammon,' and Moab, icPfa.lxvii. 1. Let God arise, let and Mount Seir, whom thou wouldft his enemies be scattered: let them not let Israel invade, when they also that hate him, flee before him. came out of the land of Egypt, but v. 18. Thou haft afcended on high, they turned from them and destroy thou haft led captivity captive; thou ed them not: v. Ir: Behold, I say, haft received gifts for men : yea, how they reward us, to come to cast for the rebellious also, that the us out of thy poffeffion which thoù Lord God mightdwellamong them. haft given us to inherit. v. 12.0 Rev. xii. 10. And I heard a loud our God, wilt thou not judge them? voice saying in heaven, Now is com for we have no might against this falvation, and trength, and the

propagated throughout the world d, the Jews called e, the fulness of the Gentiles brouğht in f; the church furnished with all gospel officers and ordinancesg, purged from corruption b, countenanced and maintained by the civil magiitrate i: that the ordinances of Christ may be purely dispensed, and made effectual to the converting of thofe that are yet in their fins, and the confirming, comforting and building up of those that are already converted k: thrat Christ would rule

in kingdom of our God, and the pow. the Lord of the harvest, that he will er of his Chrift: for the accuser of send forth labourers into his har. our brethren is cast down, which ac- veft. 2 Theff. iii. 1. Finally, brethcused them before our God day and ren, pray for us, that the word of night. v. 11. And they overcame the Lord may have free course, and by the blood of the Lamb, and by be glorified, even as it is with you. the word of their testimony; and h Mal.i, 11. For from the rising of they loved not their lives unto the the sun, even into the going down death.

of the same, my name shall be great d2 Theff. iii. 1. Finally, brethren, among the Gentiles, and in every pray for us, that the word of the place incense shall be offered in. Lord may have free course, and be to my name, and a pure offering: glorified, even as it is with you. for my name shall be great among

Rom.x. 1. Brethren, my hearts the heathen, faith the Lord of hosts. desire and prayer to God for Israel Zeph. iii. 9. For then will I turn to is that they might be faved. the people, a pure language, that

f John xvii. 9. I pray for them: I they may all call upon the name of pray not for the world, but for them the Lord, to ferve him with one conwhom thou hast given me, for they fent, are thine. v. 20. Neither pray I for i i Tim. i. 1. I exhort therefore these alone, but for them also who that firit of all, fupplications, prayshall believe on me through their ers, interceßions, and giving of word. Rom. xi. 25. For I would not, thanks be made for all men: v. 2. brethren, that ye should be igno- For kings, and for all that are rant of this mystery, (lest ye should in authority: that we may lead a be wife in your own conceits) that quiet and peaceable life in all godliblindness in part is happened to If- nefs and honeily. rael, until the fulness of the Gen k Aetsiv. 29. And now Lord, be. tiles be come in. v. 26. And so all If- hold their threatning;: and grant rael shall be saved : as it is written, unto thy servants, that with all There shall come out of Zion the boldness they may speak thy word, Deliverer, and shall turn away un . 30. By stretching forth thine godliness from Jacob. Pia, Ixvii. hand to heal; and that signs and throughout. God be merciful unto wonders may be done by the name us, and bless us: and cause his face of thy holy child Jesus. Eph. vi. zo fhine upon us, &c.

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