Lord's Day 45
116 Q. Why
do Christians need to pray?
Because prayer is the most important part
thankfulness God requires of us.1
because God gives his grace and Holy Spirit
only to those
who pray continually and groan inwardly,
asking God for
him for them.2
Ps. 50:14-15; 116:12-19; 1 Thess. 5:16-18
Matt. 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-13
117 Q. How
does God want us to pray so that he will listen to us?
First, we must pray from the heart
to no other
than the one true God,
revealed himself in his Word,
everything he has commanded us to ask for.1
must acknowledge our need and misery,
ourselves in his majestic presence.2
Third, we must
rest on this unshakable foundation:
even though we
do not deserve it,
surely listen to our prayer
of Christ our Lord.
That is what
he promised us in his Word.3
Ps. 145:18-20; John 4:22-24; Rom. 8:26-27; James 1:5; 1 John
2 Chron. 7:14; Ps. 2:11; 34:18; 62:8; Isa. 66:2; Rev. 4
Dan. 9:17-19; Matt. 7:8; John 14:13-14; 16:23; Rom. 10:13; James
118 Q. What
did God command us to pray for?
Everything we need, spiritually and physically,1
as embraced in
Lord himself taught us.
James 1:17; Matt. 6:33
119 Q. What
is this prayer?
Our Father who art in heaven,
Thy will be
as it is in heaven.
Give us this
day our daily bread;
And forgive us
also have forgiven our debtors;
And lead us
not into temptation,
deliver us from evil.
For thine is
Matt. 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4
better manuscripts of Matthew 6 omit the words "For thine is . .
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