|Question||What rule hath God given for our direction in prayer?|
|Answer||The whole word of God is of use to direct us in prayer; 1 but the special rule of direction is that prayer which Christ taught his disciples, commonly called the Lord’s prayer. 2|
The Baptist Catechism Set to Music
Benjamin Beddome’s Exposition
Do we need direction in prayer?
For we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness,
Should we therefore seek direction of God?
Lord, teach us to pray,
Are there particular directions for prayer in the word of God?
Take with you words and turn unto the Lord; say unto him,
And particular examples of prayer?
And Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying,
1 Chronicles 4:10
Is the scripture then the best rule for our direction in prayer?
For the words of the Lord are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times,
And is it through a neglect thereof that we are guilty of so many mistakes in prayer?
Ye know not what ye ask,
Is the Lord’s prayer of singular use as a directory for prayer?
After this manner therefore pray ye,
Doth this prayer consist of a preface?
Our Father which art in heaven,
And of petitions?
Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come,
And of a doxology or conclusion?
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,
Should we imitate this prayer in the brevity and comprehensiveness of it?
When ye pray use not vain repetitions,
And in making the glory of God the top and chief of our desires?
For what wilt thou do unto thy great name?
And in preferring spiritual to temporal good?
Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
Should those that are teachers of others, like Christ, instruct them to pray?
We should be like minded, after the example of Christ Jesus,
The Westminster Larger Catechism
|Question||For whom are we to pray?|
|Answer||We are to pray for the whole church of Christ upon earth; 1 for magistrates, 2 and ministers; 3 for ourselves, 4 our brethren, 5 yea, our enemies; 6 and for all sorts of men living, 7 or that shall live hereafter; 8 but not for the dead, 9 nor for those that are known to have sinned the sin unto death. 10|
|Question||For what things are we to pray?|
|Answer||We are to pray for all things tending to the glory of God, 1 the welfare of the church, 2 our own 3 or others good; 4 but not for anything that is unlawful. 5|
|Question||How are we to pray?|
|Answer||We are to pray with an awful apprehension of the majesty of God, 1 and deep sense of our own unworthiness, 2 necessities, 3 and sins; 4 with penitent, 5 thankful, 6 and enlarged hearts; 7 with understanding, 8 faith, 9 sincerity, 10 fervency, 11 love, 12 and perseverance, 13 waiting upon him, 14 with humble submission to his will. 15|
|Question||What rule hath God given for our direction in the duty of prayer?|
|Answer||The whole word of God is of use to direct us in the duty of prayer; 1 but the special rule of direction is that form of prayer which our Savior Christ taught his disciples, commonly called The Lord's prayer. 2|
|Question||How is the Lord's prayer to be used?|
|Answer||The Lord's prayer is not only for direction, as a pattern, according to which we are to make other prayers; but may also be used as a prayer, so that it be done with understanding, faith, reverence, and other graces necessary to the right performance of the duty of prayer. 1|
|Question||Of how many parts doth the Lord's prayer consist?|
|Answer||The Lord's prayer consists of three parts; a preface, petitions, and a conclusion.|