Christian Catechism – Prayer


By what means do we obtain all things from God?
By Prayer. Ask, and it shall be given unto you. – Matt. 7: 7.
Should we use many words in prayer?
No: we are not to use vain repetitions, as the heathen do: – for our Father in heaven knows what things we have need of, before we ask him. – Matt. 6: 7-8.
How are we to call upon God, the Father?
In the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, that the Father may be honored in the Son. – John 14: 13, Phil. 2: 10, Rom. 10: 13.
How did the Lord Jesus teach us to pray?
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever. Amen. – Matt. 6: 9-13.
Does God, at all times, hear our prayer?
This is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. Still he does sometimes delay to grant our petitions, in order to test our faith. – 1 John 5: 14, Matt. 15: 22-28.
Are we also to call upon the Lord Jesus?
Yes: they all shall honor the Son, as they honor the Father, and call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 John 5: 14, 1 Cor. 1: 2.
How do we call upon the name of the Lord Jesus?
As the mediator between God and man, who gave himself a ransom for all. – 1 Tim. 2: 5-6.
What part has the Holy Spirit in our prayer?
He helpeth our infirmities; he teaches us how to pray; he maketh intercession for the saints, according to the will of God. – Rom. 8: 26-27.
What should we bear in mind in prayer?
Thanksgiving. But in every, thing, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. – Phil. 4: 6, Eph. 5: 20.


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