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Q. 191. What do we pray for in the second petition?
A. In the second petition, (which is, Thy kingdom comea,) acknowledging ourselves and all mankind to be by nature under the dominion of sin and Satan, we pray, that the kingdom of sin and Satan may be destroyed, the gospel propagated throughout the world, the Jews called, the fulness of the Gentiles brought in'; the church furnished with all gospelofficers
and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Ver. 10. And now, behold, the children of Ammon, and Moab, and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; Ver. 11. Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. Ver. 12. O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. Psal. Ixxxiii. throughout. Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, &c. Psal. cxl. 4. Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked, preserve me from the violent man, who have purposed to overthrow my goings. Ver. 8. Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; further not his wicked devices, lest they exalt themselves. Selah.
191. 2 Mat. vi. 10.
b Eph. ii. 2. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. Ver. 3. Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past, in the lusts of our flesh,
fulfilling the desires of the flesh, and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
c Psal. Ixviii. 1. Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. Ver. 18. Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them. Rev. xii. 10. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Ver. 11. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony: and they loved not their lives unto the death.
d 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.
Rom. x. 1. Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
f John xvii. 9. I pray for them : I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me, for they are thine. Ver. 20. Neither pray I for these alone, but 17
officers and ordinances, purged from corruption", countenanced and maintained by the civil magistrate': that the ordinances of Christ may be purely dispensed, and made effectual to the converting of those that are yet in their sins, and the confirming, comforting, and building up of those that are already converted: that Christ would rule in our hearts here,
for them also which shall believe on me through their word. Rom. xi. 25. For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, (lest ye should be wise in your own conceits,) that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. Ver. 26. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. Psal. lxvii. throughout. God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us, &c.
8 Mat. ix. 38. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his
harvest. 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
h Mal. i. 11. For from the rising of the sun, even unto the going down of the same, my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts. Zeph. iii. 9. For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one
i 1 Tim. ii. 1. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of
thanks, be made for all men: Ver. 2. For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
k Acts iv. 29. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all bold. ness they may speak thy word, Ver. 30. By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. Eph. vi. 18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance, and supplication for all saints; Ver. 19. And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, Ver. 20. For which I am an ambassador in bonds; that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Rom. xv. 29. And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ. Ver. 30. Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; Ver. 32. That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and. may with you be refreshed. 2 Thess. i. 11. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of
here', and hasten the time of his second coming, and our reigning with him for ever": and that he would be pleased so to exercise the kingdom of his power in all the world, as may best conduce to these ends ".
Q. 192. What do we pray for in the third petition?
A. In the third petition, (which is, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven °,) acknowledging, that by nature we and all men are not only utterly unable and unwilling to know and do the will of God", but prone to rebel against his word,
his goodness, and the work of faith with power. 2 Thess. ii. 16. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation, and good hope through grace, Ver. 17. Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
1 Eph. iii. 14. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Ver. 15. Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, Ver. 16. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man: Ver. 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, Ver. 18. May be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; Ver. 19. And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Ver. 20. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
m Rev. xxii. 20. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly; Amen. Lord Jesus.
Isa. Ixiv. 1. Oh that thou would
est rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence! Ver. 2. As when the melt ing fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence. Rev, iv. 8. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him, and they were full of eyes within ; and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. Ver. 9. And when those beasts give glory, and honour, and thanks, to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, Ver. 10. The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Ver. 11. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
192. Mat. vi. 10.
P Rom. vii. 18. For I know, that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me, but how to perform that which is good I find not. Job xxi, 14. Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the
word, to repine and murmur against his providence ', and wholly inclined to do the will of the flesh, and of the devil: we pray, that God would by his Spirit take away from ourselves and others all blindness', weakness", indisposedness, and perverseness of heart; and by his grace make us able and willing to know, do, and submit to his will in all things, with the like humility", cheerful
the knowledge of thy ways. 1 Cor. ii. 14. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: ; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
9 Rom. viii. 7. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Exod. xvii. 7. And he called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the Lord, saying, Is the Lord among us or not? Numb. xiv. 2. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses, and against Aaron :
and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt, or, would God we had died in this wilderness!
s Eph. ii. 2. Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.
Eph. i. 17. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: Ver. 18. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his
inheritance in the saints.
Eph. iii. 16. That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.
w Mat. xxvi. 40. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What! could ye not watch with me one hour? Ver. 41. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
* Jer. xxxi. 18. I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus, Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the Lord my God. Ver. 19. Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
y Psal. cxix. 1. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Ver. 8. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly. Ver. 35. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments, for therein do I delight. Ver. 36. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Acts xxi. 14. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.
z Mic. vi. 8. He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but
cheerfulness, faithfulness, diligence, zeal, sincerity ®, and constancy, as the angels do in heaven .
Q. 193. What do we pray for in the fourth petition?
A. In the fourth petition, (which is, Give us this day our daily bread",) acknowledging, that in Adam, and by our own sin, we have forfeited our right to all the outward blessings of this life, and deserve to be wholly deprived of them by God, and to have them cursed to us in the use of them1; and that
to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
a Psal. c. 2. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Job i. 21. And (Job) said, Naked came 1 out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. 2 Sam. xv. 25. And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city if I shall find favour in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me again, and shew me both it and his habitation. * Ver. 26. But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee: behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.
b Isa. xxxviii. 3. And said, Remember now, O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth, and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
Psal. cxix. 4. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. Ver. 5. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
d Rom. xii. 11. Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.
Psal. cxix. 80. Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.
f Psal. cxix. 112. I have inclined
mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.
8 Isa vi. 2. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. Ver. 3. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory. Psal. ciii. 20. Bless the Lord, ye his angels that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Ver. 21. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts, ye ministers of his that do his pleasure. Mat. xviii. 10. Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones: for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
193. h Mat. vi. 11.
i Gen. ii. 17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Gen. iii. 17. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it; cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. Rom. viii. 20. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but byreasonof himwho hath subjected