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Lord's Day 46


120 Q.    Why did Christ command us to call God "our Father"?


       A.    At the very beginning of our prayer

Christ wants to kindle in us

what is basic to our prayer--

the childlike awe and trust

that God through Christ has become

our Father.


Our fathers do not refuse us

     the things of this life;

God our Father will even less refuse to give us

     what we ask in faith.1


1 Matt. 7:9-11; Luke 11:11-13


121 Q.    Why the words "who art in heaven"?


       A.    These words teach us

not to think of God's heavenly majesty

     as something earthly,1

and to expect everything

for body and soul

from his almighty power.2


1 Jer. 23:23-24; Acts 17:24-25

2 Matt. 6:25-34; Rom. 8:31-32



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