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


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 preface 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

father, able and ready to help us "; and that we should pray with and for others w.

Q. 101. What do we pray for in the first petition? A. In the first petition which is, Hallowed be thy name*) 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".

Q. 102. IVhat


iniquity have I not hid: I said, I will 100. ? Mat. vi. 9. confess my transgressions unto the u Rom. viii. 15. For ye have not reLord; and thou forgavest the iniquity

ceived the spirit of bondage again to of my sin. Selah. Ver. 6. For this fear: but ye have received the Spirit of shall

every one that is godly pray un. adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Fa. to thee in a time when thou mayest

ther. Luke xi, 13. If ye then, being be found : surely in the floods of great evil, know how to give good gifts un. waters they shall not come nigh unto to your children, how much niore shall him. Dan. ix. 4. And I prayed unto your heavenly Father give the Holy the Lord my God, and made my con Spirit to them that ask him? fession, and said, O Lord, the great

W Acts xii. 5. Peter therefore was and dreadful God, keeping the cove kept in prison; but prayer was made nant and mercy to theni chat love him, without ceasing of the church unto and to them that keep his command God for him, 1 Tim. ii. 1. I exhort

therefore, that, first of all, supplica, 9 Phil. iv. 6. Be careful for nothing: tions, prayers, intercessions, and givbut in every thing by prayer and sup- ing of thanks, be made for all men : plication, with thanksgiving, let your Ver. 2. For kings, and for all that are requests be made known unto God. in authority ; that we may lead a quiet

99. ' 1 John v. 14. And this is the and peaceable life in all godliness and confidence that we have in him, that honesty. if we ask any thing according to his 101. * Mat. vi. 9. will, he heareth us.

y Psal. lxvii. 2. That thy way may. s Mat. vi. 9,–13. After this man. be known upon earth, thy saving ner therefore pray ye, Our Father, health among all nations. Ver. 3. &c. Compared with Luke xi. 2, 3, 4. Let the people praise thee, O God; And he said unto them, When ye let all the people praise thee. Itay, say, Our Father, .

2 Psal. Ixxxiii. throughout.


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Q. 102. What do we pray for in the second petition ?

X. 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 d; and that the kingdom of glory may be hastened.

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


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102. 2 Mat. vi, 10.

Ver. 20. Neither pray I for these b Psal. lxvij. 1. Let God arise, let alone, but for them also which Huis enemies be scattered: let them shall believe on me through their also that hate him flee before him. word. Ver. 18. Thou hast ascended on e Rev. xxii. 20. He which testifieth high, thou hast led captivity captive: these things saith, Surely I come thou hast received gifts for men; yea, quickly; Amen.

Even so, come,
for the rebellious also, that the Lord Lord Jesus.
God might dwell among them,

103. f Mat. vi. 10.
CRev. xii. 10. And I heard a loud 8 Psal. Ixvii. throughout. Psal

. cxix. voice saying in heaven, Now is come 36. Incline my heart unto thy testisalvation, and strength, and the king, monies, and not to covetousness

. dom of our God, and the power of Mat. xxvi. 39. And he went a little his Christ : for the accuser of our farther, and fell on his face, and brethren is cast down, which ac prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be cused them before our God day and possible, let this cup pass from me : night. Ver. 1). And they over nevertheless, not as I will, but as came him by the blood of the Lamb, thou wilt. 2 Sam. xv. 25. And the and by the word of their testimony; king said unto Zadok, Carry back and they loved not their lives unto the ark of God into the city: if I the death.

shall find favour in the eyes of the d 2 Thess. iii. 1. Firally, brethren, Lord, he will bring me again, and pray for us, that the word of the shew me both it and his habitation. Lord may have free course and be Job i. 21; And (Job) said, Naked glorified, even as it is with you. Rom. came I out, of my mother's womb, . 1. Brethren, my heart's desire and and naked shall I return thither : the prayer to God for Israel is, that they Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken inight be saved. John xvii. 9. I pray away; blessed, be the name of the for thenı : 1 pray not for the world, Lord. Out for them which thou hast h Psal. ciii. 20. Bless the Lord, ye riven me ; for they are thine, his angels that excel in strength,


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 k

Q. 105. What do we pray for in the fifth petition? 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?

A. In the sixth petition (which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evilo) we pray, That God


that do his commandments, hear. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall kening unto the voice of his word. be clean: wash me, and I shall be Ver. 21. Bless ye the Lord, all ye

whiter than snow. Ver. 9. Hide his hosts; ye ministers of his that do thy face from my sins, and blot out his pleasure.

all mine iniquities. Dan. ix. 17. 104. i Mat. vi. 11.

Now therefore, o our God, hear k Prov. XXX. 8. Remove far from thou the prayer of thy servant, and me vanity and lies; give me neither his supplications, and cause thy face poverty nor riches, feed me with to shine upon thy sanctuary that is food convenient for me: Ver. 9. Lest desolate, for the Lord's sake. Ver.18. I be full, and deny thee, and say, O my God, incline thine ear, and Who is the Lord; or lest I be poor, hear; open thine eyes, and behold and steal, and take the name of my our desolations, and the city which God in vain. Gen. xxvii. 20. And is called by thy name: for we do Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God not present our supplications before will be with me, and will keep me thee for our righteousnesses, but for in this way that I go, and will give thy great mercies. Ver. 19. O me bread to eat, and raiment to put Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive ; O on. 1 Tim. iv. 4. For every creature Lord, hearken and do; defer not for of God is good, and nothing to be thine own sake, O my God: for thy refused, if it be received with thanks- city and thy people are called by giving: Ver. 5. For it is sanctified thy name. by the word of God and prayer.

in Luke xi. 4. And forgive us 105. 1 Mat. vi. 12.

our sins; for we also forgive every m Psal. li. 1. Have mercy upon

one that is indebted to us.Mat. me, o God, according to thy loving-xvii. 35. So likewise shall my kindness: according unto the multi- heavenly Father do also unto you, tude of thy tender mercies, blot out if ye from your hearts forgive not my transgressions. Ver. 2. Wash me every one his brother their tresthroughly from mine iniquity, and passes. cleanse me from my sin. Ver. 7. 106. ° Mat. vi. 13.



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would either keep us from being tempted to sin ', or support and deliver us when we are tempted 9.

Q. 107. What doth the conclusion of the Lord's prayer teach us?

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,

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P Mat. xxvi. 41. Watch and pray, givenesses, though we have rebelled that ye enter not into temptation : against him. Ver. 16. O Lord, the spirit indeed is willing, but the according to all thy righteousness, ! flesh is weak.

beseech thee, let thine anger and 9 2 Cor. xii, 7. And lest I should thy fury be turned away from thy be exalted above measure through city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain; the abundance of the revelations, because for our sins, and for the inithere was given to me a thorn in quities of our fathers, Jerusalem and the Aesh, the messenger of Satan to thy people are become a reproach to buffet me, lest I should be exalted all that are about us Ver, 17. Now above measure. Ver. 8. For this therefore, o our God, hear the praything I 'besought the Lord thrice, er of thy servant, and his supplicathat it might depart from me. tions, and cause thy face to shine 107. 'Mat. vi. 13.

upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, s Dan. ix. 4. And I prayed unto for the Lord's sake. Ver. 18. O the Lord my God, and made my my God, incline thine ear, and hear; sonfession, and said, O Lord, the open thine eyes, and behold our great and dreadful God, keeping the desolations, and the city which is covenant and mercy to them that called by thy name: for we do not love him, and to them that keep present our supplications before thee his commandments. Ver. 7. O Lord, for our righteousnesses, but for thy righteousness belongeth unto thee, great mercies. Ver. 19. O Lord, but unto us confusion of faces, as at hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, this day; to the men of Judah, and hearken and do; defer not, for thine to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and own sake, O my God; for thy city unto all Israel that are near, and and thy people are called by thy that are far off, through all the name, countries whither thou hast driven ti Chron. xxix, 10. Wherefore them, because of their trespass David blessed the Lord before all that they have trespassed against the congregation: and David said, thee. Ver. 8. O Lord, to us be Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel longeth confusion of face, to our our father, for ever and ever. Ver. 11. kings, to our princes, and to our Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and fathers, because we have sinned

the power, and the glory, and the Ver. 9. To the Lord victory, and the majesty: for all that our God belong mereies and for- is in the heaven and in the earth


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in testimony of our desire, and assurance to be heard, we

say, Amen.

is thine ; thine is the kingdom, O u 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. xxi. 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,

so, come,

Lord Jesus. Ver. 21, The thank thee, and praise thy glorious grace of our Lord Jesus Chris: be with name,

you all. Amen.



Exod, xx.

OD 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. 1. 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, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid--:rvant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger 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.

Y. Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee,

VI. 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 peighbour's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, por any thing that is thy neighbour's.

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