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A. Yes:~With whatever privacy they may
be performed, “ our heavenly Father who seeth in secret” will favourably regard them, and openly reward them in the day of judg
ment. 121 Q. Where did the hypocrites among the Jews
love to pray? A. In the public places, such as the syna
gogues, and corners of the streets. 122 Q. Was there any impropriety in this?
A. Yes:--It was through ostentation that
they chose the places of public concourse
for the exercise of private devotion. 123 Q. Which is the proper place for the exerili cise of private devotion ?
A. Our closet,” or some place whither we . can retire and pour out our souls to God, · without attracting notice from our fellow
creatures: 124 Q. And what will be the consequence, if we
accustom ourselves to call upon God in se
cret? A. : “ Our Father who seeth in secret will reward us openly' with the blessings of provi
dence, grace, and glory. 125 Q. What does our Lord prohibit under the
term, “ vain repetitions?" A. He forbids an unreasonable recurrence of
the same petitions in our prayers, as well as all words which do not express the desires of
our hearts. 126 Q. Are we to expect that God will hear us for
our“ much speaking?"
A. No:-We do not pray to inform God of · our wants, or to persuade him to supply
them; for our heavenly “ Father knoweth what things we have need of before we ask
him," and waiteth to be gracious to us. 127 Q. Why then are we required to pray for
what we want? A. As an acknowledgment of our depend
ance upon God, and in order to create and cherish in our hearts a due sense of our manifold necessities, and of his goodness in
supplying them. 128 Q. Has Jesus Christ given us any directions
respecting such a method of prayer as we
ought to use? A. Yes:—When he repeated that form which
we call The Lord's Prayer, he said to his
disciples, “ After this manner pray ye.” 129 Q. What do you understand by the direction
given us to pray " after this manner?" A. I understand it,
1, As a particular direction"daily to use .. the Lord's Prayer itself.
2, As a general intimation that the blessings therein mentioned are the proper objects of all our ordinary petitions.
3, That our prayers should be close and
full, like the model there set before us. 130 Q. Of how many parts does the Lord's Prayer
consist? A. Of three: viz. The preface or introduc
tion; the six petitions; and the conclusion. 131 Q. Which is the preface or introduction?
A. “ Our Father which art in heaven.”
kind; and because he is the Father of Jesus
and “ is not ashamed to call us brethren." 134 Q. Why do you call God your Father which
is in heaven? A. Because “ heaven is his throne," where
he particularly manifests his glory. 135 Q. But is God in heaven only?
A. No:-He fills heaven and earth. 136 Q. What is the first petition of the Lord's
A. “ Hallowed be thy name." 137 Q. What do you mean by the name of God?
A. God himself—his glorious nature, charac
ter, and perfections, as made known to us by
his word. 138 Q. · When is any thing said to be hallowed ?
A. When it is regarded as holy, and suitably
honoured and respected. 139 Q. And when is God's name hallowed?
A. When God is truly known, perfectly loved,
and worthily magnified and served by his
intelligent creatures. . 140 Q. What is the substance of this first petition?
A. That I and all mankind may be brought to
the knowledge, love, and service of God. 141 Q. What is the second petition of the Lord's
A. “Thy kingdom come." 142 Q. What do you mean when you offer up this
request? A. I mean to pray that I and all mankind may be filled with “righteousness, peace, and joy, in the Holy Ghost" on earth, and that at length we may inherit the kingdom of glo
ry in heaven, 143 Q. What is the third petition?
A. “ Thy will be done on earth as it is in
heaven." 144 Q. How is the will of God made known to us?
A. Partly by the law written in the heart, and by the dispensations of Providence, but more
perfectly by the word of God. 145 Q. Who are they in heaven who do the will of
A. The Holy Angels. 146 Q. In what manner do they do his will?
A. Cheerfully, without backwardness; con
tinually, without interruption; and perfectly,
without defect. 147 Q. What then do you ask of God in these words?
A. I ask, that I and all mankind may glorify
God by doing his will concerning us, even as the angels do by their obedience to his will
concerning them. 148 Q. What is the fourth petition? . A, “ Give us this day our daily bread." 149 Q. What is signified by the term bread?
A. All things pertaining to life and godli
ness—the bread that perisheth, and that - which endureth to everlasting life.
150 Q. Why do you particularly pray for daily
bread, or that which is sufficient for this
day only? A. Because we are commanded to “ take no
thought for the morrow.” 151 Q. What is the substance of this request?
A. That God would give me food and raiment
sufficient, and whatever is necessary for the support of my body, and that he would enable me spiritually to eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ, (who is the true bread from heaven,) by feeding on him in my heart
by faith. 152 Q. What is the fifth petition?
A. “ Forgive us our debts as we forgive our
debtors.” 153 Q. What are the debts with which we are
chargeable in God's account?
A. Our sins. 154 Q. Can we discharge these debts by any suf
ferings of our own, or by our future obedi
ence? A. No:-We can pay nothing towards them,
but, on the contrary, we are every day adding to their number; and should therefore
daily beg of God frankly to forgive us all. 155 Q. But was not Christ made answerable for
these debts-the sins of men? A. Yes:--They were exacted of him, and as
our surety he paid them, by his obedience
unto death. 156 Q. What then do you desire of God in this