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Q. 4. What do these words, which art in heaven, teach us?
A. These words, which art in heaven, teach us to draw near unto God with all holy reverence, because of our great distance, God being not our earthly Father, but our Father which is in heaven. Eccl. v. 2, Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter, any thing before God; for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth.
Q. 101. What do we pray for in the first petition ?
A. 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 dispose all things to his own glory.
Q. 1. What is the second part in the Lord's prayer?
A. There are six petitions in the Lord's prayer.
A. The first petition in the Lord's prayer, is in these words, Hallowed be thy name.
Q. 4. What is meant by the name of God?
A. By the name of God is meant, God's titles, attributes, ordinances, word, and works, whereby God is pleased to make himself known. See the explication of the fifty-fourth Answer.
Q. 5. What is it to hallow God's name?
A. Tb hallow God's name is to sanctify, honour, and · glorify God in all things whereby he maketh himself known. Isa, viii. 13, Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself, and let him be your fear, and your dread. Psal. xcvi. 8, 9, Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name : worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
Q. 6. What do we pray for in the petition, Hallowed be thy name?
A. In the petition, Hallowed be thy name, we pray, 1: That God would hallow and glorify his own name, by magnifying himself in the world, and by disposing all
things for his own glory. 2 Sam. vii. 26, Let thy name be magnified forever. Psalm lxxxiii. 16, 18, Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek thy name, O Lord : that men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the Most High over all the earth. 2. That God would enable us to hallow and glorify his name, by confessing and forsaking our sins, which rob him of his glory ; by admiring and adoring him in his glorious-tia tles and attributes, in his infinite excellencies and perfections; by believing, loving, and obeying his word; by observing and attending upon his worship and ordinances ; by magnifying him in his works, and making use of his creatures for his glory; by sincere, diligent, zeala ous, and constant endeavours to promote his honour and interest in our places and relations; and that the chief design of our thoughts, words, and actions, may be the glory of God, and that he would enable others also thus to hallow and glorify his name. Psal. Ixvii. 1, 2, 3, God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us : that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God ; let all the people praise thee. Rom. xi. 36, For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever.
Q. 102. What do we pray for in the second petition ?
A. In the second petition, which is, Thy kingdom come, we pray, that Satan's kingdom may be destroyed, that the kingdom of grace may be advanced, ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it; and that the kingdom of glory may be hastened.
Q. 1.' What is meant by the kingdom of God, which in this petition we are to pray for the coming of ?
A. By the kingdom of God, which in this petition we are to pray for the coming of, is meant, 1. The kingdom of God's grace here in this world. Luke xvii. 21, The kingdom of God is within you. 2. The kingdom of God's glory in the other world. I Cor. vi. 9, Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Q. 2. What do we request in our praying that God's kingdom of grace may come ?
A. We request in our praying that God's kingdom of grace may come, 1. That the kingdom of Satan, and all the professed enemies of God's kingdom, may be de. stroyed; and that all the power also of sin in ourselves and others, whereby Satan hath dominion, may be subdued. Psal. Ixviii. 1, Let God arise, let his enemies be scatie ed : let them also that hate him, flee before him. 1 John iii. 8, He that commilte:h sin, is of the devil. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 2. In general, that the kingdom of God's grace might be advanced in the world above all other kingdoms. Isa. ii. 2, And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it. 3.' In particular, that our. selves and others might be brought into this kingdom of God's grace, by the power and efficacy of God's word and Spirit in our conversion. 2 Thess. iii. 1, Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you. Acis xxvi. 17, 18, The Gentiles, to whom I 1•w send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God. Rom. x. 1, Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.'4. That ourselves and others who are brought already to the kingdom of grace, may be kept in it by strengthening and establishing grace. 1 Peter v. 10, The God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
Q. 3. What do we request in praying that the kingdom of God's glory may come?
A. We request in our praying that the kingdom of God's glory may come, that this kingdom of glory may be hastened, which will appear, and be manifested unto the whole world, at the second coming and appearance of the Lord Jesus to judgment. Rey, xxij. 20, He,
which testifieth these things, saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
Q. 103. What do we pray for in the third petition ?
A. 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,
Q. 1. What is meant by the will of God which we are to pray that it might be done ?
A. By the will of God which we are to pray that it might be done, is meant, 1. The will of God's precept, or that which he is pleased to require of us. Matth. vii. 21, Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he, that doth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 2. The will of God's providence, or that which he is pleased to do with us, and unto us. Rom. i. 10, If I might have a prospe. rous journey by the will of God, to come unto you. 1 Peter iii. 17, It is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well-doing, than for evil.doing.
Q. 4. What do we request, when we pray that the will of God's precept be done?
A. When we pray that the will of God's precept be done, we request, 1. That ourselves and others, who na. turally are dark and ignorant of his will, may, by his word and Spirit, be enabled to know and understand it. Eph. v. 8, 17, Ye were sometimes darkness, but now ye are light in the Lord. Be not unwise, but understand ing what the will of the Lord is. · Col. i. 9, We cease not to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will, in all wisdom and spirita ual understanding. . That ourselves and others, who naturally have in our hearts an enmity against God's law, might be inclined and enabled to obey and do whala ever it is the will of God to command. Rom. viii. 7, The carnal mind is enmity against God : for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Psal. cxix. 36, Incline my heart unto thy testimonies. Psal.
cxliii. 10, Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy Spirit is good. Ezek. xxxvi. 27, I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments and do them.
Q. 3. What do we request, when we pray that the will of God's providence be done?
A. When we pray that the will of God's providence be done, we request that ourselves and others might have compliance of will with the will of God, so as thankfully to accept merciful providences, and patiently submit un. to afflictive providences. Luke i. 58, And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me accord. ing to thy word. Acts xxi. 14, And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.
Q. 4. How are we to pray that God's will be done by ourselves and others?
A. We are to pray that God's will be done by ourselves and others on earth, universally, readily, unwegriedly, constantly, even as it is done in heaven. Psalm ciii. 20, 21, Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion : bless the Lord, O my soul !
Q. 104. What do we pray for in the fourth petition?
A. 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 blessing with them.
Q. 1. What is meant by our daily bread ?
A. By our daily bread, is meant, all outward provision for our daily sustenance. Psal. cxxxii. 15, I will abund: antly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with
Q. 2. What do we ask in praying for our daily bread?
A. In praying for our daily bread, we do not ask plen. ty, but a competent portion of the good things of this life, such as God seeth to be necessary and moşt çon,