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The 121st Question of the HEIDELBERG
" A. That we may not have an earthly “ Thought of the Majesty of God; and that we
may expect from his Almighty Power whatsoever “ is necessary for both Body and Soul.”
The 122d Question of the HEIDELBERG
HAT is the first Petition ?
“ A. Hallowed be thy Name. That is, “ Grant us first to know thee rightly, to fan&tify “ thee, and to praise thee and magnify thy Almigh« tiness, Wisdom, Goodness, Justice, Mercy and “ Truth, shining forth in all thy Works. Further, " To regulate our whole Life, Thoughts, Words " and Works, to the End, that thy most holy Name
may not be reproached upon our Account, but " rather honoured and praised.”
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HAT is the second Petition?
“ A. Thy Kingdom come. That is, Rule us so by thy Word and Spirit, that we may sub“ mit ourselves more and more to thee. Preserve " and increase thy Church ; destroy the Works of " the Devil, and every Power that exalteth itself “ against thy Majesty ; frustrate all Designs which " are formed against thy holy Word, until thy Kings dom be fully revealed, when thou wilt be all in all.”
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CATECHISM. Q. WHAT is the third Petition?
" A. Thy Will be done on Earth as it is in “ Heaven. That is, Grant that we, and all Men, “ renouncing our own Will, may readily, and with“ out any Murmuring, obey thy Will, which is only
Holy. And that so every one in his Vocation may " acquit himself of his Duty, and do thy Will with « the same Readiness and Faithfulness as the Angels
do in Heaven.”
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CATECHIS M. Q: WHAT is the fourth Petition ?
*** A. Give us this Day our daily Bread. 26 That is, Be pleased to provide us with whatsoever " is necessary for the Body; and by that we may “ acknowledge and confess thee to be the only Foun“ tain of ali Happiness, and that neither our Cares,
nor our Labour, nor even the good Things which " thou hast given us, can avait us any Thing with« out thy Blesling; and that by Consequence we « ought to withdraw our Trust in all Creatures, and “ place it only in thee." The 126th Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM. Q. WHAT is the fifth Petition ?
“ A. And forgive us our Trespases, as we “ forgive them that trespass against us. That is, For « the sake of the Blood of Christ, do not impute to
most miserable Sinners, all our Offences, nei" ther that Corruption, which still cleaveth to us; “ even as we find this Testimony of thy Grace in
“ our Hearts, that we are firmly resolved to forgive s from the Heart, all those who have offended us.”
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CATECHISM. Q. WHAT is the fixth Petition ?
“ A. And lead us not into Temptation, but “ deliver us from Evil. That is, Since we are so 6 weak of ourselves, that we cannot subsist one Mo“ ment; and that moreover the Devil, the World, 6 and our own Flesh, which are our mortal Enemies, « are continually making War against us, be pleased, "O God, to preserve and fortify us by the Virtue " of thy holy Spirit, to the End that we may not “ fink in this spiritual Combat, but that we may al
ways resist with Courage, until at last we gain a compleat Victory.."
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CATECHISM. Q. WHAT is the Conclusion of that Prayer?
“ A. For thine is the Kingdom, the Power 6 and the Glory, for ever and ever. That is to say, “ We ask all these Things of thee, because as being « our King, and having all Things in thy Power, * thou haft both the Ability and the Will to grant “ us all that is good and well; these Things we 46 therefore ask, that out of them all Glory may 66 redound, not to us, but to thy holy Name, which 66 ought to be eternally praised.'
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CATECHISM. Q. WHAT does the Word Amen
fignify? « H. Amen, That is to say, This is true
" and certain ; for it is more true that my Prayer is “ heard by God, than I find in my Heart tuat it is
my Desire it should be so.”
Q. But to give the short Contents of this Prayer, what doth the Preface, Our Father which art in Heaven, teach us?
A. Beside', that we should pray with and for others, it is to stir up in us at the Beginning of our Prayer, a filial Fear and firm Confidence in God, whose Throne is in Heaven, and from whose Almighty Power we may expect whatsoever is neceffary for both Soul and Body.
Q. How many Petitions are there in the Lord's Prayer?
A. Six; three which tend to the glory of God, and the others to our Welfare and Salvation.
Q. What is the Meaning of the Three firf Petitions ?
A. That is to say, ijt, That God may be known rightly, and praised of us in all his Works. 2dly, That his Church may increase in a great many Virtues
, be defended against all Enemies, and the Kingdom of Glory fully revealed. 3dly, That God, by his Grace, would make us able and willing to know and submit to his Will in all Things, and that with the same Readiness and Faithfulness as the Angels do in Heaven.
Q. What is the Meaning of the others ?
A. 1/, That God may be pleased to provide us of his free Grace, with whatsoever is necessary for the Body; and that we may enjoy his Blessing. 2dly, That he, for Christ's Sake, would pardon all our Sins, as we, by his Grace, are cordially resolved to forgive others. 3dly, That God would either keep us from being tempted to Sin, or support and deliver us when we are tempted.
Q. What doth the Conclufion, For thine is the King. dom, the Power, &c. teach us? A. That we ask all those Things of God, as
being our King, having all Things in his Power, and at his Command, and that the full Glory, as is most right, shall and ought to redound to his holy Name, and that he ought to be eternally praised for his Care and Love to all Mankind; and in Testimony of our Desire, and Assurance of being heard, we say, Amen.
9. Has every one a full Right to address the Almighty in the Lord's Prayer?
A. No; every one has no special Interest in God, .-s his Father ; which imports the Spirit of Adoption as the Principal of all acceptable Prayers, Gal. iv. 6. And because ye are Sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your Hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Therefore the former Christians have called it, the Prayer of Believers; and to pray the Lord's Prayer, was only permitted unto them who were baptized ; but the unconverted may pray it so far as they breath unto God, that it may please him to bring them into fuch Condition wherein they may pray it with a full Right.
Q. But are Christians bound by a Necessity to use that Form of Words? Or was it only intended for a Direc
A. That Form of Words may be lawfully used, according to Christ's Ordinance, Matt. vi. g. Luke xi. 12. But also it is plain Christ's Intention was, to regulate our Duty of Prayer by it. ift, Because this Prayer is set down diverlly by the Evangelists, Matt. vi. 11, 12. Luke xi. 3, 4. 2.dly, Christ, and his Apostles, did not always use this Form of Words afterwards, as appears by his Prayer at Lazarus's Grave, John xi, and that for his Apostles, Jon xvii. 3dly, Because these Words, Matt. vi 9. After this Manner, plainly shew, it's Use was intended for a Directory to us.
Q. May then Christians use any other forms of Prayer?
A. What belongs to the Forms of Prayer, we cannot disapprove them, in respect to Children in Uruder-,
tory to them?