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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 heaven, 1 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
[1] Matthew 6:9
[2] Romans 8:15; Luke 11:13; Isaiah 24:8
[3] Acts 12:5; 1 Timothy 2:1-2

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Is God a Father?

O Lord, thou art our Father,
Isaiah 64:8

Is he the Father of all the saints?

There is one God and Father of all,
Ephesians 4:6

Should they then plead this relation?

Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, my Father?
Jeremiah 3:4

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,
Psalm 22:10

Doth this title peculiarly belonging to the first person of the ever blessed Trinity?

I will pray the Father,
John 14:16

But is it confined to him?

For Christ is called the everlasting Father,
Isaiah 9:6

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,
Psalm 43:4

And with boldness?

Doubtless thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not,
Isaiah 63:16

And with frequency?

Evening, and morning, and at noon will I pray,
Psalm 55:17

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,
Romans 8:15

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,
Job 22:12

And his omniscience?

The Lord’s throne is in heaven, his eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of men,
Psalm 11:4

And his power?

God is in the heavens, he hath done whatsoever he pleased,
Psalm 115:3

And his holiness?

Thus saith he whose name is holy, I dwell in the high and holy place,
Isaiah 57:15

And his absolute dominion?

For the Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens,
Psalm 103:19

Doth this title distinguish the great God from dumb idols?

For the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands,
Acts 7:48

And from frail men?

For we dwell in houses of clay, and our foundation is in the dust,
Job 4:19

Is this a ground for humility in prayer?

God is in heaven and thou upon earth, therefore let thy words be few,
Ecclesiastes 5:2

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,
Lamentations 3:41

Must we pray with others?

There were many gathered together, praying,
Acts 12:12

And for others?

We must make supplication for all saints,
Ephesians 6:11

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,
Psalm 57:2–3

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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
[1] Matthew 6:9
[2] 2 Corinthians 3:5
[3] Psalm 67:2–3
[4] Psalm 83:18
[5] Psalm 86:10–13, 15
[6] 2 Thessalonians 3:1; Psalms 147:19–20; 138:1–3; 2 Corinthians 2:14–15