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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 prayerr; but the special rule of direction is that form of prayer which Christ taught his disciples, commonly called the Lord's Prayers.

0.100. What doth the preface of the Lord's prayer teach us?

A. The preface of the Lord's prayer (which is, Our Fa. ther which art in heaven t) teacherh us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence, as children to a Father able and ready to help us v; and that we should pray. with and for orbers w.

Q. 101. What do we pray for in the first petition?

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

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Lord, the great and dreadful God, Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, keeping the covenant, and mercy to Abba, Father. Luke xi. 13. If ye them that love him, and to them then being evil, know how to give that keep his commandments. good gifts unto your children: how

4 Phil. iv. 6. Be careful for no- much more thall your heavenly Fathing: but in every thing by pray ther give the holy Spirit to them er and supplication with thanksgive that aik him? ing, let your requests be made known w Acts xii. 5. Peter therefore was unto God.

kept in prison, but prayer was made 99. 1 1 John v. 14. And this is without ceasing of the church unto the confidence that we have in him, God for him. I Tim, i, n. I exhort That if we ask any thing according therefore, that first of all, fupplicato his will, he heareth us.

tions, prayers, interceffions, and giv· Mat. vi. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. After ing of thanks be made for all men: this manner therefore pray ye: Our v.2. For kings, and for all that are Father, &c. Compared with Luke in authority; that we may lead a .xi. 2, 3, 4. And he said unto them, quiet and peaceable life in all godli. When ye pray, say, Our Father, &c. nels and honesty, 100. t Mat, vi. 9.

101, . Mat. vi. 9. v Rom. viii, 15. For ye have not yPsa. lxvii. 2. That thy way may received the spirit of bondage again be known upon earth, thy saving to fear; but ye have received the health among all nations. v. 3. Let

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would dispose all things to his own glory z.

Q.10 2. What do we pray for in the second petition?

A. In the second petition (which is, Thy kingdom comes) we pray, That Satan's kingdom may be destroyed b, and that the kingdom of grace may be advanced c, ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it d; and that the kingdom of giory may be haftened e.

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 f) we pray, That God, by his grace, would make us able and willing to know, obey and submit to his will in all things g, as the angels do in heaven h.

Q: 104. the people praise thee, O God; let xvii. 9. I pray for them: I pray not all the people praise thee.

for the world, but for them that : Psalm lxxxiii, throughout thou hast given me, for they are 102. a Matth. vi, 10.

thine. v. 20. Neither pray I for these b Psa. Ixviii. 1. Let God arise, let alone, but for thein also which shall his enemies be scattered : let them believe on me through their word, also that hate him, flee before him. Rev. xxii. 20. He which teftigv. 18. Thou hast ascended on high, eth these things, saith, Surely I come thou hast led captivity captive: thou quickly. Amen. Even so, come, halt received gifts for men : yea, for Lord Jesus. the rebellious also, that the Lord 103. f Mat. vi. 10. God might dwell' among them. & Pla.lxvii. throughout. Pfa.cxix.

(Rev. xii, 10. And I heard a loud 36. Incline my heart unto ty tel. voice saying in heaven, Now is come timonies, and not to covetou neiš. salvation, and strength, and the Mat. xxvi. 39. And he went a little kingdom of our God, and the power further, and fell on his face, and of his Christ: for the accuser of our prayed, saying, O my Father, if it brethren is calt down, which accuf- be possible, let this cup pals from ed them before our God day and me: nevertheless not as I will, but night. v. 11. And they overcame as thou wilt. 2 Sam. xv. 25. in him by the blood of the Lamb, and the king faid unto Zadok, Carry by the word of their testimony: and back the ark of God into the city: they loved not their lives unto the. If I shall find favour in che eyes of death.

the Lord, he will bring me again, . d2 Thess. iii. 1. Finally, breth- and thew me both it, and his habiren, pray for us, that the word of tation. Job i. 21. And said, Naked the Lord may have free course, and camc I out of my mothers womb, be glorified, even as it is with you. and naked shall I return thither: Rom. X. 1. Brethren, my hearts de- the Lord gave, and the Lord hath fire and prayer to God for Ifrael is, taken away ; blessed be the name of That they migh: be saved. John the Lord.

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.Q. 104. What do we pray for in the fourth petition?

A. In the fourth petition (which is, Give us this day our daily bread 1) we pray, That, of God's free gift, we may receive a competent portion of the good things of this life, and enjoy his blelling 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 fake, would freely pardon all our sins m; which we are the rather encouraged to ask, because by his grace we are en- . abled from the heart to forgive others n. Q. 106. What do we pray for in the sixth petition?

. A. In b Pfa. ciii. 20. Bless the Lord, ye my transgressions, v. 2. Wash me his angels, that excel in strength; throughly from mine iniquity, and that do his commandments, heark cleanie me from my fin. v.7. Purge ning unto the voice of his word. v. me with hyffop, and I shall be clean: 21. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his wash me, and I shall be whiter than hosts, ye ministers of his that do his snow. v. 9. Hide thy face from my pleasure.

fins; and blot out all mine iniquities, 104. i Mat. vi. II. . Dan. ix, 17. Now therefore, O our

I Prov. xxx, 8. Remove far from God, hear thou the prayer of thy me vanity and lies, give me neither servant, and his fupplications, and poverty nor riches, feed me with cause thy face to shine upon thy fancfood convenient for me; v. 9. Lelt t'uary that is defolate, for the Lords I be full, and deny thee, and say, fake. v, 18. O my God, incline thine Who is the Lord? or leit I be poor, ear, and hear, open thine eyes, and and steal, and take the name of my behold our defolations, and the city God in vain. Gen. xxviii. 20. And which is called by thy name: for Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God we do not present our fupplications will be with me, and will keep me before thee for our righteousnesses, in this way that I go, and will give but for thy great mercies. v. 19.0 me bread to eat, and raiment to put Lord hear, O Lord forgive, O Lord on. 1 Tim. iv. 4. For every crea- hearken and do, defer not, for thine ture of God is good, and nothing to own sake, O my God: for tlry city, be refused, if it be received with and thy people are called by thy thanksgiving: v 5. For it is fancti- name. fied by the word of God, and pray- .n Luke xi. 4. And forgive us our

fins; for we also forgive every one 105.1 Mat, vi, 12.

that is indebted to us. Mat. xviii. 35. mPfa.li. 1. llave mercy upon me, So likewise shall my heavenly Fa. O God, Iccording to thy loving ther doalfounto you, if ye from your kindness according unto the inulti- hearts forgive not every one his brotude of thy tender mercies blot out ther their trespallas.

.: A. In the fixth pecition (which is, And lead us not into

tempration, but deliver us from evilo) we pray, That God would either keep us from being tempted to finp, or support and deliver us when we are tempted q.

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, the power, and the glory for ever, Amen r) teacherh us to take our encouragement in prayer from God onlys, and in our prayers to praise him, ascribing kingdom, power, and glory to him t. And, in testimony of our

delre 106. o Mat, vi. 13.

of face, to our kings, to our princes, pMat. xxvi. 41. Watch and pray, and to our fathers, because we have that ye enter not into temptation: linned against thee. v. 9. To the the spirit indeed is willing, but the Lord our God belong mercies and tieth is weak.

- forgivenesses, though we have re92 Cor.xii. 7. And left I should be belled against him. v. 16. O Lord, exalted above measure through the according to all thy righteoufness, abundance of the revelations, there I beseech thee, let thine anger and was given to me a thorn in the flesh, thy fury be turned away from thy the messenger of Satan to buffet me, city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain : lelt I should be exalted above mea- because for our sins, and for the inisure, v. 8. For this thing I belought quities of our fathers, Jerusalem and the Lord thrice, that it might de- thy people are become a reproach part from me.

to all that are about us, v. 17. Now 107. - Mat. vi. 13.

therefore, o our God, hear the Dan. ix. 4. And I prayed unto · prayer of thy fervant, and his fupthe Lord my God, and made my plications, and cause thy face to shine confellion, and said, O Lord, the upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, great and dreadful God, keeping for the Lord's sake. v. 18. O my the covenant, and mercy to them God, incline thine ear, and hear; that love him, and to them that keep open thine eyes, and behold our dehis commandments. v.7. O Lord, folations, and the city which is calrighteousness belongeth unto thée, led by thy name : for we do not pre. but unto us confusion of faces, as at sentour supplications before thee for this day: to the men of Judah, and our righteousnesses, but for thy to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and great mercies. v. 19. O Lord hear, unto all Israel that are near, and O Lord forgive, O Lord hearken that are far off, thro' all the coun- and do, defer not, for thine own tries whither thou hast driven them, fake, O my God: for thy city, and because of their trespass that they thy people are called by thy name. have trespassed against thee. v. 8. i Chron. xxix. 10. Wherefore O Lord, to us belongethi confusion David blessed the Lord before all

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defire and assurance to be heard, we say, Amen v.

the congregation: and David said, strength unto all. v, 13. Now there Blessed be thou, Lord God of Ifrael fore, our God, we thank thee, and our father, for ever and ever. v. 1. praise thy glorious name. , Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, vi Cor. xiv. 16. Else when thou and the power, and the glory, and shalt bless with the spirit, how shall the victory, and the majesty: for all he that occupieth the room of the that is in the heaven and in the earth, unlearned, fay Amen at thy giving is thine; thine is the kingdom, 0 of thanks, seeing he underitandeth Lord, and thou art exalted as head not what thou sayest? Rev. xxii. 20. above all, v. 12. Both riches and He which testifieth thefe things, honour come of thee, and thou faith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. reignert over all, and in thine hand Even so, come, Lord Jesus, v. 21. is power and might, and in thine The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ hand it is to inake great, and to give be with you all. Amen.

The TEN COMMANDMENTS.

.:. 'EXODUS XX. . m od spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which

(I have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

I. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

II. 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 hewing 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 shale not do any work, thou, nor thy fon, nor thy daughter, thy man- servant, nor thy maid-servant, 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 Sabbathday, and hallow.ed it.

V. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

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