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The Larger Catechism Ė Questions 191-196

 

 

Q. 191. What do we pray for in the second petition?

A. In the second petition, (which is, Thy kingdom comea,) acknowledging ourselves and all mankind to be by nature under the dominion of sin and Satanb, we pray, that the kingdom of sin and Satan may be destroyedc, the gospel propagated throughout the worldd, the Jews callede, the fulness of the Gentiles brought inf; the church furnished with all gospel-officers and ordinancesg, purged from corruptionh, countenanced and maintained by the civil magistratei: that the 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 convertedk: that Christ would rule in our hearts herel, and hasten the time of his second coming, and our reigning with him for everm: and that he would be pleased so to exercise the kingdom of his power in all the world, as may best conduce to these endsn.

 

a Matt.6:10 b Eph.2:2,3 c Ps.68:1,18; Rev.12:10,11 d 2 Thess.3:1 e Rom.10:1 f John 17:9,20; Rom.11:25,26; Ps.67 g Matt.9:38; 2 Thess.3:1 h Mal.1:11; Zeph.3:9 i 1 Tim.2:1,2 k Acts 4:29,30; Eph.6:18-20; Rom.15:29,30,32; 2 Thess.1:11; 2 Thess.2:16,17 l Eph.3:14-20 m Rev.22:20 n Isa.64:1,2; Rev.4:8-11

 

 

Q. 192. 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 heavena,) acknowledging, that by nature we and all men are not only utterly unable and unwilling to know and do the will of Godb, but prone to rebel against his wordc, to repine and murmur against his providenced, and wholly inclined to do the will of the flesh, and of the devile: we pray, that God would by his Spirit take away from ourselves and others all blindnessf, weaknessg, indisposednessh, and perverseness of hearti; and by his grace make us able and willing to know, do, and submit to his will in all thingsk, with the like humilityl, cheerfulnessm, faithfulnessn, diligenceo, zealp, sincerityq, and constancyr, as the angels do in heavens.

 

a Matt.6:10 b Rom.7:18; Job.21:14; 1 Cor.2:14 c Rom.8:7d Exod.17:7; Num.14:2 e Eph.2:2 f Eph.1:17,18g Eph.3:16 h Matt.26:40,41i Jer.31:18,19 k Ps.119:1,8,35,36; Acts 21:14l Micah 6:8 m Ps.100:2; Job 1:21; 2 Sam.15:25,26 n Isa.38:3 o Ps.119:4,5 p Rom.12:11 q Ps.119:80 r Ps.119:112 s Isa.6:2,3; Ps.103:20,21; Matt.18:10

 

 

Q. 193. What do we pray for in the fourth petition?

A. In the fourth petition, (which is, Give us this day our daily breada,) acknowledging, that in Adam, and by our own sin, we have forfeited our right to all the outward blessings of this life, and deserve to be wholly deprived of them by God, and to have them cursed to us in the use of themb; and that neither they of themselves are able to sustain usc, nor we to meritd, or by our own industry to procure theme; but prone to desiref, getg, and use them unlawfullyh: we pray for ourselves and others, that both they and we, waiting upon the providence of God from day to day in the use of lawful means, may, of his free gift, and as to his fatherly wisdom shall seem best, enjoy a competent portion of themi; and have the same continued and blessed unto us in our holy and comfortable use of themk, and contentment in theml; and be kept from all things that are contrary to our temporal support and comfortm.

 

a Matt.6:11 b Gen.2:17; Gen.3:17; Rom.8:20-22; Jer.5:25; Deut.28:15-68 c Deut.8:3 d Gen.32:10 e Deut.8:17,18 f Jer.6:13; Mark 7:21,22 g Hosea 12:7 h James 4:3 i Gen.43:12-14; Gen.28:20; Eph.4:28; 2 Thess.3:11,12; Phil.4:6 k 1 Tim.4:3-5l 1 Tim.6:6-8 m Prov.30:8,9

 

 

Q. 194. What do we pray for in the fifth petition?

A. In the fifth petition, (which is, Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtorsa,) acknowledging, that we and all others are guilty both of original and actual sin, and thereby become debtors to the justice of God; and that neither we, nor any other creature, can make the least satisfaction for that debtb: we pray for ourselves and others, that God of his free grace would, through the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, apprehended and applied by faith, acquit us both from the guilt and punishment of sinc, accept us in his Belovedd; continue his favour and grace to use, pardon our daily failingsf, and fill us with peace and joy, in giving us daily more and more assurance of forgivenessg; which we are the rather emboldened to ask, and encouraged to expect, when we have this testimony in ourselves, that we from the heart forgive others their offencesh.

 

a Matt.6:12 b Rom.3:9-22; Matt.18:24,25; Ps.130:3,4c Rom.3:24-26; Heb.9:22 d Eph.1:6,7 e 2 Pet.1:2f Hosea 14:2; Jer.14:7 g Rom.15:13; Ps.51:7-10,12 h Luke 11:4; Matt.6:14,15; Matt.18:35

 

 

Q. 195. 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 evila,) acknowledging, that the most wise, righteous, and gracious God, for divers holy and just ends, may so order things, that we may be assaulted, foiled, and for a time led captive by temptationsb; that Satanc, the worldd, and the flesh, are ready powerfully to draw us aside, and ensnare use, and that we, even after the pardon of our sins, by reason of our corruptionf, weakness, and want of watchfulnessg, are not only subject to be tempted, and forward to expose ourselves unto temptationsh, but also of ourselves unable and unwilling to resist them, to recover out of them, and to improve themi; and worthy to be left under the power of themk: we pray, that God would so over-rule the world and all in itl, subdue the fleshm, and restrain Satann, order all thingso, bestow and bless all means of gracep, and quicken us to watchfulness in the use of them, that we and all his people may by his providence be kept from being tempted to sinq; or, if tempted, that by his Spirit we may be powerfully supported and enabled to stand in the hour of temptationr; or when fallen, raised again and recovered out of its, and have a sanctified use and improvement thereoft: that our sanctification and salvation may be perfectedu, Satan trodden under our feetx, and we fully freed from sin, temptation, and all evil, for every.

 

a Matt.6:13 b 2 Chron.32:31 c 1 Chron.21:1 d Luke 21:34; Mark 4:19 e James 1:14 f Gal.5:17 g Matt.26:41 h Matt.26:69-72; Gal.2:11-14; 2 Chron.18:3 compared with 2 Chron.19:2 i Rom.7:23,24; 1 Chron.21:1-4; 2 Chron.16:7-10 k Ps.81:11,12 l John 17:15 m Ps.51:10; Ps.119:133 n 2 Cor.12:7,8 o 1 Cor.10:12,13 p Heb.13:20,21 q Matt.26:41; Ps.19:13 r Eph.3:14-17; 1 Thess.3:13; Jude 24 s Ps.51:12 t 1 Pet.5:8-10 u 2 Cor.13:7,9 x Rom.16:20; Zech.3:2; Luke 22:31,32 y John 17:15; 1 Thess.5:23

 

 

Q. 196. 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. Amena.) teacheth us to enforce our petitions with argumentsb, which are to be taken, not from any worthiness in ourselves, or in any other creature, but from Godc; and with our prayers to join praisesd, ascribing to God alone eternal sovereignty, omnipotency, and glorious excellencye; in regard whereof, as he is able and willing to help usf, so we by faith are emboldened to plead with him that he wouldg, and quietly to rely upon him, that he will fulfil our requestsh. And, to testify this our desire and assurance, we say, Ameni.

 

a Matt.6:13 b Rom.15:30 c Dan.9:4,7-9,16-19 d Phil.4:6 e 1 Chron.29:10-13 f Eph.3:20,21; Luke 11:13 g 2 Chron.20:6,11 h 2 Chron.14:11 i 1 Cor.14:16; Rev.22:20,21

 

 

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