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us, in our holy and comfortable use of them (r), and contentment in them (8); and be kept from all things that are contrary to our temporal support and comfort (t).
Q. 194. What do we pray for in the fifth petition? A. In the fifth petition, which is, Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors (v), acknowledging that we and all others are guilty both of original and actual sin, and thereby become debtors to the justice of God; and that neither we, nor any other creature, can make the least satisfaction for that debt (w): we pray for ourselves and others, that God, of his free grace, would, through the obedience and satisfaction of Christ apprehended and applied by faith, acquit us both from the guilt and punishment of sin (x), accept us in his Beloved (y), continue his favour and grace to us (z), pardon our daily failings (a), and fill us with peace and joy, in giving us daily more and more assurance of forgiveness (b); which we
(r) 1 Timothy 4. 3. Forbid ding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which be. lieve and know the truth.
(s) 1 Timothy 6. 6. But godliness with contentment is great gain.
(t) Prov. 30. 8. Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.
() Matthew 6. 12.
(w) Rom. 3. 9, 10. What then? Are we better than they? No, in no wise for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no not one. Psalms 130. 3, 4. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. (x) Rom. 3. 24-26. Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation,
through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God: To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
(y) Eph. 1. 6, 7. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved: In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
(z) 2 Pet. 1. 2. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you, through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.
(a) Hos. 14. 2.
Take with you words, and turn to the Lord; say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
(b) Rom. 15. 13. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost.
are the rather emboldened to ask, and encouraged to expect, when we have this testimony in ourselves, that we from the heart forgive others their offences (c).
Q. 195. What do we pray for in the sixth petition?
A. In the sixth petition, which is, And lead us not into templation, but deliver us from evil (d), acknowledging that the most wise, righteous, and gracious God, for divers holy and just ends, may so order things, that we may be assaulted, foiled, and for a time led captive by temptations (e); that Satan (f), the world (g), and the flesh, are ready powerfully to draw us aside, and ensnare us (h); and that we even after the pardon of our sins, by reason of our corruption (i), weakness, and want of watchfulness (k), are not only subject to be tempted, and forward to expose ourselves unto temptations (1), but also of ourselves unable and unwilling to resist them, to recover out of them, and to improve them (m); and worthy to be left under the power of them (n): we pray, that God would so over-rule the world and all in it (o), subdue the flesh (p),
(c) Luke 11. 4. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.
(d) Matthew 6. 13.
(e) 2 Chron. 32. 31. Howbeit, in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to inquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.
(f) 1 Chron. 21. 1. And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
(g) Luke 21. 34. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
(h) James 1. 14. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (i) Gal. 5. 17. For the flesh Justeth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh; and these
are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the thi gs that ye would.
(k) Mat. 26. 41. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
(2) Matthew 26. 69, 70. Now Peter sat without in the palace; and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayėst.
(m) Rom. 7. 23. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
(n) Psal. 81. 11, 12. But my people would not hearken to my voice and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.
(0) John 17. 15. I pray not
flesh (p), and restrain Satan (q), order all things (r), bestow and bless all means of grace (s), and quicken us to watchfulness in the use of them: that we and all his people may, by his providence, be kept from being tempted to sin(t); or, if tempted, that by his Spirit we may be powerfully supported and enabled to stand in the hour of temptation (v); or when fallen, raised again and recovered out of it (w), and have a sanctified use and improvement thereof (x): that our sanctification and salvation may be perfected (y), Satan trodden under our feet (z), and we fully freed from sin, temptation, and all evil for ever (a).
Q. 196. What doth the conclusion of the Lord's prayer teach us?
A. The conclusion of the Lord's prayer, which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen (b), teacheth us to enforce our petitions with argu
that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
(P) Psal. 51. 10. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew aht spirit within me. Psal. 119. 133. Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
(q) 2 Cor. 12. 7, 8. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from
(r) 1 Cor. 10. 12, 13. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able.
(s) Heb. 13. 20, 21. Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlast
(t) Mat. 26. 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.
(v) 1 Thes. 3. 13. To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
(w) Psal. 51. 12. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation: and uphold me with thy free Spirit.
(x) 1 Pet. 5. 8. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.
(y) 2 Cor. 13. 9. This also we wish, even your perfection,
(z) Rom. 16. 20. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.
(a) John 17. 15. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. (b) Matthew 6, 13
ments (c), which are to be taken, not from any worthiness in ourselves, or in any other creature, but from God (d), and with our prayers to join praises (e), ascribing to God alone eternal sovereignty, omnipotency, and glorious excellency (f); in regard whereof, as he is able and willing to help us (g), so we by faith are emboldened to plead with him that he would (h), and quietly to rely upon him that he will, fulfil our requests (i). And, to testify this our desire and assurance, we say, AMEN (k).
(c) Rom. 15. 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.
(d) Daniel 9. 4-7. And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments. O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee; but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day. (e) Phil. 4. 6. Be careful for nothing but in every thing, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.
(f) 1 Chron. 29. 11. Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.
(g) Eph. 3. 20, 21. Now unto him that is able to do exceed ing abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages,
world without end. Amen.
(h) 2 Chron. 20. 6. 11. And (Jehoshaphat) said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
(i) 2 Chronicles 14. 11. And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power, help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude: O Lord, thou art our God, let not man prevail against thee.
(k) 1 Cor. 14. 16. Else, when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say, Amen, at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? Rev. 22. 20, 21. He which testifieth these things, saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. AMEN.