|Question||What is prayer?|
|Answer||Prayer is an offering up our desires to God, 1 by the assistance of the Holy Spirit, 2 for things agreeable to his will, 3 in the name of Christ, 4 believing, 5 with confession of our sins, 6 and thankful acknowledgments of his mercies. 7|
The Baptist Catechism Set to Music
Benjamin Beddome’s Exposition
Is prayer the duty of all men?
Men ought always to pray,
Is it the duty of the carnal?
Pray to God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee,
And of the gracious?
Unto thee will I pray,
Is it in a particular manner the duty of the afflicted?
Is any afflicted? Let him pray,
But do all men pray?
For some restrain prayer before God,
Is ejaculatory prayer a duty?
So I prayed to the God of heaven,
And secret prayer?
When thou prayest enter into thy closet,
And family prayer?
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,
And public prayer?
My house is the house of prayer,
And should we conscientiously attend to prayer of every kind?
Praying always with all prayer,
Is God the object of prayer?
O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come,
And is the offering up of our desire to him the essence of prayer?
Unto thee do I lift up my soul,
Must these desires be presented through Christ?
Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you,
And by the assistance of the Holy Spirit?
I will pray with the Spirit,
1 Corinthians 14:15
And be in all things regulated by his revealed will?
For 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
Is invocation a part of prayer?
O God, thou art my God, early will I seek thee,
O Lord my God, thou art very great, thou art clothed with honour and majesty,
Father, I have sinned against heaven and in thy sight,
Lord, if thou wilt thou canst make me clean,
Remember thy word unto thy servant,
I exhort that supplication be made for all men,
1 Timothy 2:1
Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks,
Should we pray with judgment?
I will pray with understanding,
1 Corinthians 14:15
And with humility?
Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but this once,
And with sincerity?
Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart,
And in faith?
Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive,
Must our prayers be particular?
I would order my cause before him,
I will not let thee go, except thou bless me,
Not as I will, but as thou wilt,
And joined with suitable endeavours?
Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward,
Pray without ceasing,
1 Thessalonians 5:17
And are such prayers likely to be effectual?
For God will fulfil the desire of them that fear him,
Do all that pray succeed in prayer?
When ye make many prayers I will not hear,
Will a bad principle hinder the success of prayer?
If I regard iniquity in my heart, God will not hear me,
And a bad intention?
Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts,
And will a want of success in prayer soon lead to a neglect of it?
For what profit should we have if we pray unto him?
The Westminster Larger Catechism
|Question||What is prayer?|
|Answer||Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, 1 in the name of Christ, 2 by the help of his Spirit; 3 with confession of our sins, 4 and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies. 5|
|Question||Are we to pray unto God only?|
|Answer||God only being able to search the hearts, 1 hear the requests, 2 pardon the sins, 3 and fulfil the desires of all; 4 and only to be believed in, 5 and worshiped with religious worship; 6 prayer, which is a special part thereof, 7 is to be made by all to him alone, 8 and to none other. 9|
|Question||What is it to pray in the name of Christ?|
|Answer||To pray in the name of Christ is, in obedience to his command, and in confidence on his promises, to ask mercy for his sake; 1 not by bare mentioning of his name, 2 but by drawing our encouragement to pray, and our boldness, strength, and hope of acceptance in prayer, from Christ and his mediation. 3|
|Question||Why are we to pray in the name of Christ?|
|Answer||The sinfulness of man, and his distance from God by reason thereof, being so great, as that we can have no access into his presence without a mediator; 1 and there being none in heaven or earth appointed to, or fit for, that glorious work but Christ alone, 2 we are to pray in no other name but his only. 3|
|Question||How doth the Spirit help us to pray?|
|Answer||We not knowing what to pray for as we ought, the Spirit helps our infirmities, by enabling us to understand both for whom, and what, and how prayer is to be made; and by working and quickening in our hearts (although not in all persons, nor at all times, in the same measure) those apprehensions, affections, and graces which are requisite for the right performance of that duty. 1|