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Q. 193. What do we pray for in the fourth petition ?
A. In the fourth petition, (which is, Give us this day our daily bread) & acknowledging that in Adam, and by our own sin, we have forfeited our right to all the outward blessings of this life, and deserve to be wholly deprived of them by God, and to have them cursed to us in the use of them; and that neither they of themselves are able to sustain us, i to merit, or by our own industry to procure them, but prone to desire,' get, - and use them unlawfully :- we pray for
we pray for ourselves and others, that both they and we, waiting
& Matt. vi. 11.
Gen. iii. 17. And unto Adam he said, -Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. Lam. iii. 22. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. Deut. xxviii. 15, to the end.
i Deut. viii. 3. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna,—that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord, doth man live.
j Gen. xxxii. 10. I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast showed unto thy servant.
k Deut. viii. 18. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God ; for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth. Prov. X. 22.
1 Luke xii. 15. Take heed, and beware of covetousness. Jer. vi. 13.
- Hos. xii. 7. He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his band: he loveth to oppress.
. James iv. 3. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
upon the providence of God from day to day in the use of lawful means, may of his free gift, and as to his fatherly wisdom shall seem best, enjoy a competent portion of them, and have the same continued and blessed unto us in our holy and comfortable use of them, and contentment in them; 9 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
o Gen. xxviii. 20, 21. 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,—then shall the Lord be my God. James iv. 13, 15. Go to now, ye that say, Today, or to-morrow, we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain ;-for that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. Psa. xc. 17. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us; and establish thou the work of our bands upon us ; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. Psa. cxliv. 12 to 15.
p 1 Tim. iv. 4, 5. Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. Prov. x. 22.
91 Tim. vi. 6, 8. Godliness with contentment is great gain.—And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content.
• Prov. xxx. 8, 9. Remove far from me vanity and lies -feed me with food convenient for me : 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.
• Matt. vi. 12.
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: t
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, " accept us in his Beloved, continue his favour and grace to us, " pardon our daily failings, and fill us with peace and
* Matt. xviii. 24. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him which owed him ten thousand talents. Rom. v. 19.-By one man's disobedience many were made sinners. Rom. iii. 9 to 19.-We have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Psa. cxxx. 3. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand ? Micah vi. 6, 7.
Rom. v. 19. By the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Rom. iii. 24, 25. Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; 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. Acts xiii. 39.
• Eph. i. 6. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved.
w 2 Pet. i. 2. Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.
• Hos. xiv. 2. Take with you words, and turn to the Lord : say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously. Psa. cxliii. 2.-Enter not into judgment with thy servant; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Psa. cxxx. 3.
joy, in giving us daily more and more assurance of forgiveness, y 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 å time led captive by temptations ; • that Satan, o the world, and the flesh, are ready powerfully
; 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. Rom. v. 1, 2. — Psa. li. 7 to 12.
Luke xi. 4. And forgive us our sins: for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. 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. Matt. vi. 14, 15.
a Matt. vi. 13.
b 2 Chron. xxxii. 31. God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart. Job ii. 6. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
c 1 Pet. v. 8. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Job ii. 2.
d Luke xxi. 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 como upon you unawares. Mark iv, 19.
to draw us aside and ensnare us; ' and that we, even after the pardon of our sins, by reason of our corruption,' 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 recover out of them, and to improve them ; i and worthy to be left under the power of them ;j we pray, that God would so overrule the world and all
• James i. 14. 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 Spirity 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. Rom. vii. 18.
& Matt. xxvi. 41. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation : the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
b Eccl. ix. 12. Man also knoweth not his time : as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them. 1 Tim. vi. 9. They that will be rich, fall into temptation, and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts. Prov. vii. 22.
i Eph. vi. 11, 12. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 1 Chron. xxi. 1, 2, 3, 4. 2 Chron, xvi. 7, 8, 9, 10.
j Psa. Ixxxi. 11, 12. But my people would not hearken to my voice ; and Israel would none of me. them up unto their own heart's lust; and they walked in their own counsels.
So I gave