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Question 116: Why is prayer necessary for Christians?

Answer: Because it is the chief part of the thankfulness which God requires of us1, and because God will give His grace and Holy Spirit to those only who with hearty sighing unceasingly beg them of Him and thank Him for them2.

1Psa. 50:14, "Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:

2Matt. 7:7 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

Luke 11:9, 13 "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you"; "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?"

1Thes. 5:17, Pray without ceasing.

Question 117: What belongs to such prayer as God is pleased with and will hear?

Answer: First, that from the heart1 we call upon the one true God only, who hath revealed Himself in His Word2, for all He has commanded us to ask of Him3; second, that we right thoroughly know our need and misery4, in order to humble ourselves before the face of His majesty5; third, that we be firmly assured6 that, notwithstanding we are unworthy of it, He will, for the sake of Christ our Lord, certainly hear our prayer7, as He has promised us in His Word8.

1John 4:24, God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.

Psa. 145:18 "The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth."

2Rev. 19:10, And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

John 4:22-24, Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.

3Rom. 8:26 "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."

1 John 5:14 "And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us." Jas. 1:5, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

42 Chron. 20:12 "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."

5Psa. 2:11 "Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling."

Psa. 34:18, "The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Isa. 66:2 "For all those things hath Mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My word."

6Rom. 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

James 1:6, "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed."

7John 14:13 "And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."

Dan. 9:17, 18 "Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of Thy servant, and his supplications, and cause Thy face to shine upon Thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. O my God, incline Thine ear, and hear; open Thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by Thy name: for we do not present our supplications before Thee for our righteousnesses, but for Thy great mercies."

8Matt. 7:8 "For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."

Psa. 27:8, [When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

Question 118: What has God commanded us to ask of Him?

Answer: All things necessary for soul and body1; which Christ our Lord has comprised in the prayer He Himself has taught us.

1Psa. 143:1 "Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in Thy faithfulness answer me, and in Thy righteousness."

Matt. 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

Question 119: What is the Lord’s Prayer?

Answer: Our Father who art in heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name;

Thy kingdom come;

Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.

Give us this day our daily bread;

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;

And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen1.

1Matt. 6:9-13, After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Luke 11:2-4, And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

 
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