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From: Teus Benschop 
Subject:      Catechism, 37
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Q. To whom must we pray for this?
A. Not to any creature, but to God alone, who can help us, and will hear
us for Jesus Christ's sake.

This  question is the continuation of the previous answer. It  spoke  of
the  good works, and our duty to do them. They who are converted to  God
try  to live according all commandments, and constantly pray to God that
they  may daily increase therein. To Whom must we pray for this? Not  to
any  creature, but to God alone. God can and will help us, for  Christ's

Q. In whose name must we pray to God?
A.  Only in the name of Christ, John 16:23, and not in the name  of  any

Saints,  however  holy  they might have been, cannot  be  our  mediators
between God and us. Praying to God in the saints' name is vain;  no,  it
is  idolatry. Only in the Name of Christ, we have access to God.  Listen
to Christ, Who said: "I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father
in  my  name, he will give [it] you". (John 16:23) And in another place,
we  read:  "Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness  and  access
with confidence by the faith of him." (Ephesians 3:11,12)

Q. What must we pray to God for?
A. For all things necessary for soul and body, which Christ our Lord has
comprised in the prayer, he himself has taught us.

The  disciples said to Christ: "Lord, teach us to pray".  They  did  not
trust their own words, but they wished to have God's words. Christ  laid
the  words  of  the perfect prayer in their mouths, when He  taught  His
disciples  to  pray.  If we wish to have the perfect example,  according
which  our  prayers  have to be, we should listen to the  prayer  Christ

Q. What are the words of that prayer?
Our Father which art in heaven,
1   Hallowed be thy name.
2   Thy kingdom come.
3   Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
4   Give us this day our daily bread.
5   And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
6   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.

This  prayer begins with an opening. We pray to "our Father Which is  in
heaven". In the middle, we find six entreaties. The first prayer is that
God's  Name may be hallowed, and the second that His kingdom  may  come.
The third asks that God's will may be done on earth, like it is done  in
heaven. The first three entreaties ask that God may be gloried. The last
three  prayers  ask  things for ourselves. "Give us  our  daily  bread",
"forgive our sins", "lead us not into temptation". It ends with praising
God,  when  it says: "For Thine is the kingdom, and the power,  and  the
glory, forever. Amen".

Q. What do you desire of God in this prayer?
A.  That all things which tend to the glory of God, may be promoted, and
whatsoever  is  repugnant  thereto, or contrary  to  his  will,  may  be
prevented. 2. That he may provide me with all things necessary  for  the
body,  and as to my soul, preserve me from all evil, which might in  any
wise be detrimental to my salvation. Amen.

God created man. Their purpose was to glory God. Also in this prayer, in
the  beginning  it is asked that God may be honoured. All  things  which
tend  to  His glory must be promoted. And, on the contrary,  all  things
which  are repugnant to that, must be prevented. That is the first  part
of  the prayer. In the second part, we pray for things necessary for our
life  on earth. We pray for things both for body and soul. Also that  we
may be preserved from evil, and that our salvation may be promoted.

Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God.
And blessed [be] his glorious name for ever:
and let the whole earth be filled [with] his glory;
Amen, and Amen.

Philippians 4:6, Psalms 72:19

Teus Benschop  --  t.benschop@pobox.ruu.nl
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