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

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

Q. 100. What doth the of . of the Lord's prayer teach us?

A. The preface of the Lord's prayer (which is, Our Father which art in heaven') teacheth us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father, able and ready to help us"; and that we should pray with and for others ".

Q. 191. What do we pra {. in the first petition ?

A. In the first petition (which is, Hallowed be thy name*) we pray, that God would enable us and others to glorify him in all that whereby he maketh himself known ; ; and

that he would dispose all things to his own glory”.

iniquity have I not hid: I said, I will
confess my transgressions unto the
Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity
of my sin. Selah. Ver. 6. For this
shall every one that is godly pray un-
to thee in a time when thou mayest
be found: surely in the floods of great
waters they shall not come nigh unto
him, Dan, ix. 4. And I prayed unto
the Lord my God, and made my con-
fession, and said, O Lord, the great
and dreadful God, keeping the cove-
nant and mercy to then that love him,
and to them that keep his command-
* Phil. iv. 6. Be careful for nothing:
but in every thing by prayer and sup-
plication, with thanksgiving, let your
requests be made known unto God.
99. * 1 John v. 14. And this is the
confidence that we have in him, that
if we ask any thing according to his
will, he heareth us.
* Mat. vi. 9,-13. After this man-
ner therefore pray ye, Our Father,
to c. Compared with Luke xi. 2, 3, 4.
And he said unto them, When ye
loay, say, Our Father, &c.

Q. 102. What

100. t Mat. vi. 9.

“Rom. viii. 15. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received thespirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 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

"Acts xii. 5. Peter therefore was kept in prison; but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him, 1 Tinn. ii. 1. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplica.

tions, prayers, intercessions, and giv

o, w

ing of thanks, be made for all men : Ver. 2. For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

101. * Mat. vi. 9.

* Psal. lxvii. 2. That thy way may be known upon earth, th; saving health among all nations. Ver, 3. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee,

* Psal, lxxxiii. throughout.

T 3 102. * Mat.


Q. 102. What do we pray for in the second petition? A. In the second petition (which is, Thy kingdom come') we pray, That Satan's kingdom may be destroyed"; and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced , ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it"; and that the kingdom of glory may be hastenedo. Q. 103. 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 () we pray, That God, by his grace, would make us able and willing to know, obey, and submit

to his will in all things", as the angels do in heaven". Q. 104. What do we pray for in the fourth petition?

4. In the fourth petition (which is, Give us this day our daily bread) 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". Q. 105. What do we pray for in the fifth petition ?

102. * Mat. vi. 10. b Psal. lxviii. 1. Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. Ver. 18. Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them. c Rev. xii. 10. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Ver, 11. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. d 2 Thess. iii. 1. Finally, brethren, pray, for us, that the word of the ilord may have free course and be lorified, even as it is with you. Rom, 3.1. Brethren, my heart’s desire and rayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. John xvii. 9. I pray for them : 1 pray not for the world, out for them which thou hast riven me : for they are thine,


Ver. 20. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word. * Rev. xxii. 20. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly; Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 103. f Mat. vi. 10. * Psal. lxvii. throughout, Psal crio. 36. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness, Mat. xxvi. 39. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. 2 Sam. xv. 25. And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I shall find favour in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me again, and shew me both it and his habitation. Job i. 21. And (Job) said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed, be the name of the Lord. h Psal, ciii. 20. Bless the Lord, ye

his angels that excel in strength, that


A. In the fifth petition (which is, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors') we pray, That God, for Christ's sake, would freely pardon all our sins"; which we are the rather encouraged to ask, because by his grace

we are enabled from the heart to forgive others". Q. 106. What do we pray for in the sixth petition 2 A. In the sixth petition (which is, And lead us not into

temptation, but deliver us from evil") we pray, That God

that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Ver, 21. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his that do his pleasure.

104. i Mat, vi. 11.

k Prov. xxx. 8. Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches, feed me with food convenient for me: Ver. 9. Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord; or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. Gen. xxviii. 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, 1 Tim. iv. 4. For every creature
of God is good, and nothing to be
refused, if it be received with thanks-
giving: Ver. 5. For it is sanctified
by the word of God and prayer.
105. 1 Mat. vi. 12.
* Psal. li. 1. Have mercy upon
tne, O God, according to thy loving-
kindness: according unto the multi-
tude of thy tender mercies, blot out
my transgressions. Ver. 2. Wash me
throughly from mine iniquity, and
cleanse me from my sin. Ver, 7.


Purge me with hyssop, and I shall
be clean : wash me, and I shall be
whiter than snow. Ver, 9. Hide
thy face from my sins, and blot out
all mine iniquities. Dan. ix. 17.
Now therefore, O our God, hear
thou the prayer of thy servant, and
his supplications, and cause thy face
to shine upon thy sanctuary that is
desolate, for the Lord’s sake. Ver. 18.
O my God, incline thine ear, and
hear; open thine eyes, and behold
our desolations, and the city which
is called by thy name: for we do
net present our supplications before
thee for our righteousnesses, but for
thy great mercies. Ver. 19. O
Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; Q
Lord, hearken and do; defer not for
thine own sake, O my God: for thy
city and thy people are called by

thy name.
* Luke xi. 4. And forgive us
our sins; for we also forgive every
one that is indebted to us.--Mat.
xviii. 35. So likewise shall my
heavenly Father do also unto you,
if ye from your hearts forgive not
every one his brother their tres-
a83eS. -
106.9 Mat, vi. 18.
T 4 PMat,

would either keep us from being tempted to sin", or sup.
port and deliver us when we are tempted".
Q. 107. What doth the conclusion of the Lord's prayer

teach us 2

A. The conclusion of the Lord's prayer (which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen") teacheth us to take our encouragement in prayer from God only ', and in our prayers to praise him, ascribing kingdom, power, and glory to him". And, Isl

P Mat. xxvi. 41. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 9, 2 Cor. xii. 7. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. Ver. 8. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 107. * Mat. vi. 13. * Dan. ix. 4. And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my sonfession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments. Ver, 7. O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. Ver. 8. O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our Kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. . Ver. 9. To the Lord our God belong mercies and for

givenesses, though we have rebelled against him. Ver, 16. O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Ver, 17. Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake. Ver, 18.0 my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies. Ver, 19. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; Q Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God; for thy city and thy people are called by thy

name, t 1 Chron. xxix. 10. Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation; and David said, Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Wer, 11. Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and in the earth 15

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in testimony of our desire, and assurance to be heard, we say, Amen".

is thine; thine is the kingdom, O * I Cor. xiv. 16. Else, when thou Lord, and thou art exalted as head shalt bless with the Spirit, how shall above all. Ver, 12. Both riches he that occupieth the room of the unand honour come of thee, and thou learned say Amen at thy giving of reignest over all; and in thine hand thanks, seeing he understandeth not is power and might; and in thine what thou sayest? Rev. xxii. 20. He hand it is to make great, and to which testifieth these things saith, give strength unto all. Ver. 13. Surely I come quickly; Amen. Even Now therefore, our God, we so, come, Lord Jesus. Ver. 21. The thank thee, and praise thy glorious grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with name, you all. Amen.

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Go spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. I. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Il. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth : Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them : for I the Lord thy God am a jealous, God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. * , III. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. IV. Remember the sabbath-day, to keep it holy, Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, northy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-oervant, nor thy cattle, nor thy ‘tranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath-day, and hallowed it. V, Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, WI. Thou shalt not kill, VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery. VIII. Thou shalt not steal. IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. X: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy §eighbour's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor *, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

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