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98. Queft. What is Prayer?

Anfw. Prayer is, An Offering up of our Defires unto God, for things agreeable to his Will ", in the Name of Chrift, with Confeffion of our Sins P, and thankful Acknowledgment of his Mercies 9.

99. Queft. What Rule hath God given for our Direction in Prayer?

Anfw. The whole Word of God is of ufe to direct us in Prayer, but the fpecial Rule of Dire &tion is that Form of Prayer, which Chrift taught his Difciples, commonly called, The Lord's Prayer. 100. Queft. What doth the Preface of the Lord's Prayer teach us?

Anfw. The Preface of the Lord's Prayer, which is, Dur Father which art in heaven, teacheth us, to draw near to God with all holy Reverence and Confidence, as Children to a Father able

98. Pfalm 62.8. Truft in him At all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selab.

ni John S. 14. And this is the confidence that we have in him, That if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.

• John 16. 23. And in that day he fhall ask me nothing: verily verily I fay unto you, Whatfoever ye fhall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

P Pfalm 32.'s. I acknowledged my fin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid: I faid, I will confefs my tranfgreffions unto the Lord; and thou forgaveft the int quity of my fin. Selah. v. 6. For this fhall every one that is godly, pray unto thee, in a time when thou mayft be found: furely in the floods


ofgreat waters, they shall not come nigh unto him. Dan. 9. 4. And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confeffion, and faid, O Lord,the great and dreadfulGod, keeping the covenant, and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments,

Phil. 4. 6. Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and fupplication with thanksgiving; let your requests be made known unto God.

99. Í í John §. 14. And this is the confidence that we have in him, That if we ask any thing, according to his will, he heareth us.

Matth. 6. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. After this manner therefore pray ye? Our Father, &c. Compared with Luke 11.2,3,4. And he faid unto them, When ye pray, fay, Our Father, &c. 100. Matth

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101, Quest. What do we pray for in the Firft Peti


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Anfw. 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 difpofe all things to his own Glory 2. 102. Queft. What do we pray for in the Second Pe


Anfw. 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 our felves and others i daw yd brought

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Rom. 8.15. For ye have not red ceived the spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Luke 11. 13. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more fhall your heavenly Father give the holy Spirit to them that ask him?

w Acts 12. 5. Peter therefore was kept in prifon; but prayer was made without ceafing of the church unto God for him. 1 Tim. 2. 1. I ex hort therefore, that first of all, fupplications, prayers, interceffions, and giving of thanks be made for all men v. 2. For kings, and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godlinefs and honefty.

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health among all nations. Let the people praife thee, O God, let all the people praise thee.

Pfalm 83, throughout..', 102. a Matth. 6. 10.

↳ Pfalm 68. 1. Let God arife, let his enemies be fcattered: let them alfo that hate him, flee before him, v.18 Thou haft afcended on high, thou haft led captivity captive: thou haft received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious alfo, that the Lord God might dwell among them, 29. Rev. 12. 10. And I heard a loud voice faying in heaven, Now is come falvation, and ftrength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Chrift: for the accufer of our brethren is caft down, which accused them before our God day and night. v. 11. And they overcame him by the blood of theLamb, and by the word of their teftimony, and they loved not their lives, unto the death.


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brought into it, and kept in it, and that the King. dom of Glory may be haftned .

103. Quest, What do we pray for in the Third Pe


Anfw. In the Third Petition, which is, Thy Will be done on 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 ".

104. Quest. What do we pray for in the Fourth Peti


Anfw. 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 Bleffing with them,

2 Thef, 3 Finally brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free courfe, and be glorified even as it is with you. Rom. 10. 1. Brethren, my hearts defire and prayer to God for Ifrael is, That they might be faved. John 17.9. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them that thou haft given me, for they are thine. v, 20. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them alfo which fhall believe on me through their word. ei

• Rev, 22. 20. He which teftifieth these things, faith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even fo, come, Lord Jefus,

103. Matth. 6. 10.

& Pfalm 67. throughout. Pfalm 119. 36. Incline my heart unto thy teftimonies, and not to covetousness. Matth. 26. 39. And, he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, faying, Ormy Father, if it

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be poffible, let this cup pafs from me: nevertheleís not as I will, but as thou wilt. ÷ 2 Sam. 15.25. And the king faid unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: If I fhall find favour in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me again, and fhew me both it, and his habitation. Job 1.21. And faid, Naked came I out of my mothers womb, and naked fhall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

Pfalm 103.20. Blefs the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in ftrength, that do his commandments, hearkning unto the voice of his word. v. 21. Blefs ye the Lord, all ye his hosts, ye ministers of his that do his pleasure.

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Prov. 30. 8. Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither pover

105. Q. What do we pray for in the Fifth Petition? Anfw. In the Fifth Petition, which is, And fozgive us our Dehts as we forgive our Debtos, we pray, That God for Chrift's fake 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".

106. Q. What do we pray for in the Sixth Petition? Anfw, 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 P, or fupport and deliver us when we are tempted.

107. Queft, poverty, nor riches, feed me with fervant, and his fupplications, and food convenient for me; v. 9. Left I be full, and deny thee, and fay, Who is the Lord? or left I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. Gen. 28. 20. And Jacob vowed a vow, faying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on. 1 Tim. 4.4. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: v. 5. For it is fanctified by the word of God, and prayer. 105. 1 Matth. 6. 12.

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Pfalm 51. 1. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my tranfgreffions. v. 2. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanfe me from my fin. v. 7. Purge me with hyffop, and I fhall be clean: wafh me, and I fhall be whiter than fnow. v. 9. Hide thy face from my fins; and blot out all mine iniquities. Dan.9.17. Now therefore, O our God, hear thou the prayer of thy

caufe thy face to fhine upon thy
fanctuary that is defolate, for the
Lords fake. v. 18. Omy God, in-
cline thine ear, and hear; open thine
eyes, and behold our defolations,
and the city which is called by thy
name: for we do not prefent our
fupplications before thee for our
righteoufneffes, but for thy great
v. 39. O Lord hear, O
Lord forgive, O Lord hearken and
do, defer not, for thine own fake,
O my God: for thy city, and thy
people are called by thy name.

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Matth. 18.

Luke 11.4. And forgive us our fins; for we alfo forgive every one that is indebted to us. 35. So likewife fhall my heavenly Father do alfo unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

106. Matth. 6. 13.

P. Matth. 26.41. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak,

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107. Quest. What doth the Conclufion of the Lord's Prayer teach us?

Anfw. The Conclufion of the Lord's Prayer, which is, For thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glozy for ever, Amen, teacheth us to take our Encouragement in Prayer from God only, and in our Pravers to praife him, afcribing Kingdom, Power, and Glory to him; And in Teftimony of

the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, left I fhould be exalted above measure. v. 8. For this thing I befought the Lord thrice, that it mnight depart from mẹ,

i07. Matth. 6. 13.

↑ Dan. 9. 4. And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confeffion, and faid, O Lord, the great and dreadful God,keeping the covenant, and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments. v. 7. O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confufion of faces, as at this day to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerufalem, and unto all Ifrael that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou haft driven them, because of their trefpafs that they have trefpaffed against thee. v.8 O Lord, to us belongeth confufion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have finned against thee. v. 9. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveneffes, though we have rebelled against him. v. 16. O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerufalem, thy holy mountain: becaufe for our fins, and for the miquities of our fathers, Jerufalem

and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. v. 17. Now therefore, ourGod,hear the prayer of thy fervant, and his fupplications, and cause thy face to fhine upon the fanctuary that is defolate, for the Lords fake. v. 18. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear open thine eyes, and behold our defolations, and the city, which is called by thy name: 'for we do not present our fupplications before thee for our righteousness, but for thy great mercies. v. 19. O'Lord, hear, O Lord, forgive, O Lord, hearken and do, defer not, for thine own fake, O my God: for thy city, and thy people are called by thy name.

1 Chron. 29. 1o. Wherefore David bleffed the Lord before all the congregation: and David faid, Bleffed bethon, Lord God of Ifrael our Father, for ever and ever, v. 11. Thine, O Lord, is the greatnefs,and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majefty for all that is in the heaven and in the earth, is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. v. 12. Both riches and honour tome of thee, and thou reigneft over all, and in thine hand power and might, and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. v.13. Now there


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