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petitions with arguments, which are to be taken, not from any worthiness in ourselves, or in any other creature, but from Godd : and with our prayers to join praises", ascribing to God alone eternal sovereignty, omnipotency, and glorious excellency'; in regard whereof, as he is able and willing to help us, so we by faith are emboldened to plead with him that he would', and
d Dan. 9. 4, 7, 8, &c. And kingdom, O Lord, and thou I prayed unto the Lord my art exalted as head above all. God, and made my confession, Both riches and honour come and said, O Lord, the great of thee, and thou reignert over and dreadful God, keeping the all; and in thine hand is power covenant and mercy to them and night, and in thine hand that love him, and to them it is to make great and to give that keep his commandments. Arength unto all. Now there. O Lord, righteousness belong- fore, our God, we thank thee eth unto chce, but unto us con- and praise thy glorious name. fusion of faces, as at this day. g Eph, g. 20, 21. Now unto O Lord, to us belongeth confue him that is able to do exceedfion of face, to our kings, to our ing abundantly above all that princes, and to our fathers, be- we ask or think, according to cause we have finned against the power that worketh in us : thee. Verse 9. To the Lord God unto him be glory in the church belong mercies and forgiveness. by Christ Jesus, throughout all ess, though we have rebelled ages world without end. Amen. against him, &c. Verse 16-19. Luke 11, 13. If ye then being c Phil.
6. In every thing evil know how to give good by prayer and supplication, gifts unto your children; how with thanksgiving, let your much more shall your heavenly requests be made known unto Father give the Holy Spirit
them that ask him? Plal. 84. fi Chron. 29. 10, 11, 12, 13. And David said, Blessed h Eph. 3. 12. In whom we be thou, Lord God of Israel, have boldness and access with our Father, for ever and ever. confidence by the faith of him. Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, Heb. 10. 19, 20, 21, 22. Have and the power and the glory, and ing therefore, brethren, bold. the victory, and the majesty: for ness to enter into the holiest by all that is in the heaven and the the blood of Jesus, by a new earth is thine; thine is the
quietly to rely upon him that he will fulfil our requests! And to testify our desires and affurance, we say, Amenk.
and living way which he hath livered him up for us all, how confecrated for through the shall he not with him also freevail, that is to say, his flesh; ly give us all things? and having an high priest over k i Cor. 14, 16. Else when the house of God; let us draw thou shalt bless with the spirit, near with a true heart, in full how shall he that occupieth the assurance of faith, having our room of the unlearned say, hearts sprinkled from an evil Amen, at thy giving of thanks, conscience, and bodies seeing he understandeth not washed with pure water,
what thou sayest ? Rev, 22. i i John 5. 14. And this is 20, 21. He which teftifieth the confidence that we have in these things, faith, Surely I hint, that if we ask any thing come quickly. Amen. Even so according to his will, he heare come, Lord Jesus. The grace eth us, Rom. 8. 32. He that of our Lord Jesus Chrif be Ipared not his own Son, but de- with you all. Amen.
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Question 1. WHAT is the chief end of man ?
Answer. Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.
Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him ?
A. The word of God, which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him,
Q. 3. What do the feriptures principally teach? A. The scriptures principally teach, what man
* The Shorter Catechism is, fimply, an abridgment of the Larger; so that the proof of both must be the fame. The reader, therefore, who defires to fee the scripture authorities for any doctrine taught in this catechifm, will curn to that doctrine in the Larger Catechism, which may very easily be done, and there he will find the neceffary texts fully referred to, or inserted. It was judged unnecessary to print the very fame texts twice over