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Q. 196. What doth the conclusion of the Lords prayer teach

us ?

A. The couclusion 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 agruments 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, afcribing to God alone eternal foveteignty, omnipotency, and glorious excellency t; in regard

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that hath cholen Jerusalem,rebuke against thee. v. 9. To the Lord thee: is not this a brand pluckt our God belong mercies and for out of the fire ? Luke 22. 31. And givenesfes, tho' we have rebelled the Lord said, Simon, Simon, be againlt him. .16. O Lord accordhold, Satan hath desired to have ing to all thy righteousness, I beyou, that he may fift you as wheat: feech thee,let thine anger and thy 7.32 But I have prayed for thee, fury be turned away from thy city that thy faith fail not; and when Jerusalem, -v. 17. Now therefore, thou art converted, strengthen thy 0 our God, hear the prayer of brethren,

thy servant, and his supplications, a John. 17.15, I pray not that and cause thy face to faine upon thou shouldft take them out of the the sanctuary that is defolate, for world, but that thou thouldlt keep the Lord's sake. v.18. O my God, them from the evil. Thell. s. 23. incline thine ear, and hear; open And the very God of peace sancti. thine eyes, and behold our defolafy you wholly: And I pray God tions,and thy city, which is called your whole spirit, and soul and bo- by thy name : for we do not predy, be preservedblamelels unto the sent our fupplications before thee coning of our Lord Jesus Chrift, for our righteousnesses, but for thy 196. b Mat 6. 13;

great mercies. v 19.0 Lord, hear, c Rom. 15. 30. Now I beseech o Lord, forgive, O Lord, hearken you, brethren,for the Lord Jesus and do, defer not, for thine own Christ s fake, and for the love of fake, Omy God: for thy city,and the spirit, that you strive together thy people are called by thy name. with me in your prayers to God, e Phil. 4, 6. Be careful for no

thing:but incvery thing by prayer d Dan. 9, 4. And I prayed unto & fupplication with thansgiving, the Lord my God, and made my let your requelts be made knows confession, and said, O Lord, the unto God, &c. great and dreadful God, keeping fi Chron. 29. 10. Wherefore the covenant, and mercy to them David blessed the Lord before all that love him, and to them that the congregation : and David fáid keep his commandments. v7, o Blelled be thou,Lord. God of Israel Lord, righteousnessbelongethunto our father,for ever and ever v ' I. thee, but unto usconfufionoffaces, Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, as at this day;-•v 8. O Lord, to and the power, and the glory, and us belongeth confusion of face, to the victory, and the majesty ; for our kings, to our princes, and to all thatis in the heaven and in the our fathers becanse we have finned earth is thine; "thine is the kingo

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whereof, as he is able and willing to help us g, fo we by faith
are emboldned to plead with him that he would h, and quiet-
ly to rely upon him that he will fulfil our requests i, and,
to testify our desire and afsurance, we say, Amen k.
dom, O Lord,and thou art exalted thine hand is there not power and
as head above all, v. 12. Both might, so that none is able to with
riches and honour come of thee, stand thee? V.11. Behold, I say,
and thou reignelt over all, and in how they reward us, to come to
thine hand is power and might, calt us out of thy possession, which
and in thine hand it is to make thou hast given us to inherit.
great, and to give strength unto

i2 Chron. 14. II. AndAfa cried all. v. 13. Now therefore, our God, unto the Lord his God, and said, we thank thee and praise thý gloé Lord, it is nothing with thee to rious namé.

help, whether with many, or with g Eph.3,20. Now unto him that them that have no power: help us, is able to do exceeding abundantly O Lord our God, for, we rest on above all that we ask or think, ac- thee, and in thy name we go a.. cording to the power that worketh gainst this multitude: O Lord, thou in us. v.21, Unto him be glory in art our God,let not man preyail athe churchby Christ Jesus, through- gain't thee. out all ages, world without end. ki Cor. 14. 16. Elfe when thou. Amen. Luke 11, 13. If ye then be- fhalt bless with the spirit, how shall ing evil, know how to give good he that occupieth the room of the gifts unto your children: how unlearned, lay Amen at thy giving much more shall your heavenly of thanks, seeing he understandeth Father give the holy spirit to them not what thou fayest? Rev.22. 20. that alk him?

He which testifieth these things, h 2 Chron.20.6. And(Jehosha- faith, Surely I come quickly. A phat) said, O Lord God of our fa- men. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. thers, art not thou God in heaven? v, 21. The grace of our Lord Jee and rulest not thou over all the sus Christ be with you all. Amen. kingdoms of the heathen? and in

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A part of the covenanted uniformity in religion

betwixt the churches of Christ in the kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland.

AND

Approved Anno 1648, by the General Assembly of the CHURCH of Scotland, to be a DIRECTORY for Catechis ing such as are of weaker capacity.

With the proofs from the Scripture.

GLASGOW,

s G's Printed by JAMES Knox.

1752

Assembly at Edinburgh, July 28. 1648.Seff. 19.
A&t approving the Shorter Catechism.

TI

HE general assembly having seriously considered the Shor

ter Catechism agreed upon by the assembly of divines fit. ting a Westminster, with affiftance of commissioners from this kirk; de find, upon due examination thereof, that the said Catechism is agreeable to the word of God, and in nothing contrary to the received doctrine, worship, discipline and government of this kirk: and therefore approve the said Shorter Catechism,as a part of the intended uniformity, to be a directory for catechising such as are of a weaker capacity.

A.KER.

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