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Question 120: Why has Christ commanded us to address God thus: Our Father?

Answer: To awaken in us, at the very beginning of our prayer, that childlike reverence and trust toward God which should be the ground of our prayer; namely, that God has become our Father through Christ, and will much less deny us what we ask of Him in true faith than our parents will refuse us earthly things1.

1Mat. 7:9, 10, 11 "Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?"

Luke 11:11-13, "If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 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? "

Question 121: Why is there added, Who art in heaven?

Answer: That we may have no earthly thought of the heavenly majesty of God1, and may expect from His almighty power all things necessary for body and soul2.

1Jer. 23:23,24, " [Am] I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD."

Acts 17:24 ,25,27, "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands. Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; ... That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: "

2Rom. 10:12, "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him."

 
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