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and comfortable use of them, and contentment in them 3 ; and be kept from all things that are contrary to our temporal support and comfort.
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",) 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: 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
And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on. Eph. iv. 28. Let him that stole steal no more; but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 2 Thess. iii. 11. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busy bodies. Ver. 12. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. Phil. iv. 6. Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.
r 1 Tim. iv. 3. Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath crea fed to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. Ver. 4. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: Ver. 5. For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
1 Tim. vi. 6. But godliness with contentment is great gain. Ver. 7. Or we brought nothing into this rld, and it is certain we can
carry nothing out. Ver. 8. And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content.
↑ Prov. xxx. 8. Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty ner riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Ver. 9. Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
194. u Matt. vi. 12.
w Rom. iii. from Verse 9. to 22. Ver. 9. 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; Ver. 10. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Ver. 11. There is none that understand. eth, there is none that seeketh after God: Ver. 12. They are all gone out of the way, they are together be. come unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no not one, &c. Ver. 19-That every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God, &c. Matt. xviii. 24. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him which owed him ten thousand talents. Ver 25. But for. asmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold,and his wife, and his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. Psal. cxxx. 3. If thou, Lord,
from the guilt and punishment of sin, accept us in his Beloved ; continue his favour and grace to us, pardon our daily failings, and fill us with peace and joy, in giving us daily more and more assurance of forgiveness; which we 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".
Q. 195. What do we pray for in the sixth petition?
A. In the sixth petition, (which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,) 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
shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? Ver. 4. But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
x Rom. iii. 24.Being justified free ly by his grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ: Ver. 25. 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, Ver. 26. To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Heb. ix. 22. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
y Eph. i. 6. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved: Ver. 7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgive. ness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
z 2 Pet. i. 2. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.
a Hosea xiv. 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. Jer.
xiv. 7. O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name's sake: for our backslidings are many, we have sinned against thee.
b Rom. xv. 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. Psal. li. 7. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Ver. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness: that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Ver. 9. Hide thyface from my sins; and blot out all mine iniquities. Ver. 10.Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Ver. 12. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit.
c Luke xi. 4. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.-Matt. vi. 14. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Ver. 15. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses,neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matt. xviii. 35. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
195. d Matt. vi. 13.
e 2 Chron. xxxii. 31. Howbeit, in
Satan, the world, and the flesh, are ready powerfully to draw us aside, and ensnare us b; and that we, even after the pardon of our sins, by reason of our corruption i, weakness, and want of watchfulness, are not only subject to be tempted, and forward to expose ourselves unto temptations', but also of ourselves unable and unwilling to resist them, to rerecover out of them, and to improve them "; and worthy to be
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.
f1 Chron. xxi. 1. And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
g Luke xxi. 34. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeit ing, and drunkeness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Mark iv. 19. And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. h James i. 14. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
i Gal. v. 17. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Matt xxvi. 41. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
/ Matt. xxvi. 69. Now Peter sat without in the palace; and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. Ver. 70. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. Ver. 71. And when he was gone out into the poh, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Je. sus of Nazareth. Ver. 72. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. Gal. ii. 11. But
when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed. Ver. 12. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles; but when they were come, he withdrew, and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. Ver. 13. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him ; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. Ver. 14. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly, according to the truth of the Gospel, I said unto Peter-2 Chron. xviii. 3- And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramoth-gilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people, and we will be with thee in the war. Compared with 2 Chron. xix. 2. And Jehu, the son of Hanani the seer, went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord.
m Rom. vii. 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. Ver. 24. O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death! 1 Chron. xxi. 1. And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. Ver. 2. And David said to Joab, and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel, from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring the number
left under the power of them": we pray, that God would so over-rule the world and all in it", subdue the flesh P, and restrain Satan 9, order all things, bestow and bless all means of grace, 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 ; or, if tempted, that by his Spirit we may be powerfully supported and enabled to stand in the hour of temptation "; or when fallen, raised again and re
of them to me, that I may know it Ver. 3. And Joab answered, The Lord make his people an hundred times so many more as they be but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord's servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel? Ver. 4. Nevertheless, the king's word prevailed against Joab: wherefore Joab departed-2 Chron xvi 7. And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the Lord thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand. Ver 8: Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen ? yet, because thou didst rely on the Lord, he delivered them into thine hand. Ver 9. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect towards him. Herein thou hast done foolishly; therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars. Ver. 10. Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prisonhouse; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing: and Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.
n Psal lxxxi. 11. But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. Ver. 12. So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.
world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
p Pal. li. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psal. cxix. 133. Or der my steps in thyword: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
q 2 Cor. xii. 7. 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. Ver. 8. For this thing I besought the Lord, thrice, that it might depart from me
r1 Cor. x. 12. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. Ver. 13. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempt. ed above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
s Heb. xiii. 20. 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 everlasting covenant, Ver. 21. Make you perfect in every good work, to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ.—
1 Matt. xxvi. 41. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation Psal. xix. 13. Keep back thy servant alsofrom presumptuous sins,let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be in. nocent from the great transgression.
u Eph. iii. 14. For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of
covered out of it, and have a sanctified use and improvement thereof; that our sanctification and salvation may be perfected, Satan trodden under our feet, 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 arguments e, which are to be taken, not from any worthiness in ourselves, or in any other creature, but from God; and with our
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:-1 Thess. iii. 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. Jude, Ver. 24. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.
w Psal. li. 12. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit.
x 1 Pet. v. 8. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour. Ver. 9. Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. Ver. 10. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Je. sus, after that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
y 2 Cor. xiii. 7. Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.
Ver. 9. For we are glad when we are weak, and ye are strong and this also we wish, even your perfection.
z Rom. xvi. 20. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.. -Zech. iii. 2. And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan, even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Luke xxii. 31. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: Ver. 32. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
a John xvii. 15. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. ↑ Thess. v. 23. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly and I pray God your whole Spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
196.. b Matt. vi. 13.
c Rom. xv. 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 Dan. ix. 4. 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