|Question||What doth the preface of the Lord’s prayer teach us?|
|Answer||The preface of the Lord's prayer, which is Our Father which art in heaven1 teacheth us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father, able and ready to help us;2 and that we should pray with and for others.3|
The Baptist Catechism Set to Music
Benjamin Beddome’s Exposition
Is God a Father?
O Lord, thou art our Father,
Is he the Father of all the saints?
There is one God and Father of all,
Should they then plead this relation?
Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, my Father?
And continually acknowledge his fatherly kindness and care?
I was cast upon thee from the womb, thou art my God from my mother’s belly,
Doth this title peculiarly belonging to the first person of the ever blessed Trinity?
I will pray the Father,
But is it confined to him?
For Christ is called the everlasting Father,
Should we take occasion from hence to approach God with reverence?
If ye call on the Father, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear,
1 Peter 1:17
And with delight?
I will go unto God, my exceeding joy,
And with boldness?
Doubtless thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not,
And with frequency?
Evening, and morning, and at noon will I pray,
And is such a temper peculiarly suited to the gospel dispensation?
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again unto fear, but the spirit of adoption, whereby ye cry, Abba, Father,
Is God our Father in heaven?
O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven?
2 Chronicles 20:6
Doth this set forth the greatness of God?
Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are,
And his omniscience?
The Lord’s throne is in heaven, his eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of men,
And his power?
God is in the heavens, he hath done whatsoever he pleased,
And his holiness?
Thus saith he whose name is holy, I dwell in the high and holy place,
And his absolute dominion?
For the Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens,
Doth this title distinguish the great God from dumb idols?
For the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands,
And from frail men?
For we dwell in houses of clay, and our foundation is in the dust,
Is this a ground for humility in prayer?
God is in heaven and thou upon earth, therefore let thy words be few,
And for confidence?
Hear thou in heaven, and do,
1 Kings 8:32
And for heavenly-mindedness?
Let us lift up our hearts with our hands unto God in the heavens,
Must we pray with others?
There were many gathered together, praying,
And for others?
We must make supplication for all saints,
And shall prayers put up on earth find acceptance in heaven?
I will cry unto God most high, he shall send from heaven and save me,
The Westminster Larger Catechism
|Question||What doth the preface of the Lord's prayer teach us?|
|Answer||The preface of the Lord's prayer (contained in these words, Our Father which art in heaven,)1 teacheth us, when we pray, to draw near to God with confidence of his fatherly goodness, and our interest therein;2 with reverence, and all other childlike dispositions,3 heavenly affections,4 and due apprehensions of his sovereign power, majesty, and gracious condescension:5 as also, to pray with and for others.6|