Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 98-107 with some proof scriptures
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WSC #98 What is prayer?
Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgement of his mercies.
WSC #98 Psalm 62:8
Trust in him at all times; ye people, Pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:8
WSC #99 What rule hath God given for our direction in prayer?
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.
WSC #99 1 John 5:14
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 1 John 5:14
WSC #100 What doth the preface of the Lord’ s prayer teach us?
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 a father, able and ready to help us; and that we should pray with and for others.
WSC #100 Matthew 6:9
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matthew 6:9
WSC #101 What do we pray for in the first petition?
In the first petition, (which is, Hallowed be thy name, we 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.
WSC #101 Psalm 67:2-3
That thy way may be known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God; Let all the people praise thee. Psalm 67:2-3
WSC #102 What do we pray for in the second petition?
WSC #102 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; and that the kingdom of glory may be hastened.
WSC #102 2 Thessalonians 3:1
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 Thessalonians 3:1
WSC #103 What do we pray for in the third petition?
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.
WSC #103 Matthew 26:39
And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Matthew 26:39
WSC #104 What do we pray for in the fourth petition?
In the fourth petition, (which is, Give us this day our 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.
WSC #104 1 Timothy 4:4-5
For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. 1 Timothy 4:4-5
WSC #105 What do we pray for in the fifth petition?
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.
WSC #105 Matthew 18:35
So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. Matthew 18:35
WSC #106 What do we pray for in the sixth petition?
In the sixth petition, (which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, we pray, That god would either keep us from being tempted to sin, or support and deliver us when we are tempted.
WSC #106 Matthew 26:41
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41
WSC #107 What doth the conclusion of the Lord’ s prayer teach us?
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, in testimony of our desire, and assurance to be heard, we say, Amen.
WSC #107 1 Corinthians 14:16
Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? 1 Corinthians 14:16
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