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abled to stand in the hour of temptation;' or when fallen, raised again and recovered out it," and have a sanctified use and improvement thereof:s 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, 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 ascribing to God alone also from presumptuous sins; let them peace shall bruise Satan under your not have dominion over me: then shall feet shortly.—Zech. iii. 2. And the I be upright, and I shall be innocent Lord said unto Satan, The Lord refrom the great transgression. buke thee, O Satan; even the Lord
Eph. iii. 14. For this cause I bow that hath'chosen Jerusalem rebuke my knees unto the Father of our Lord thee: is not this a brand plucked out Jesus Christ, Ver. 15. Of whom the of the fire ? Luke xxii. 31. And the whole family in heaven and earth is Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan named, Ver. 16. That he would grant hath desired to have you, that he may you, according to the riches of his sift you as wheat: Ver. 32. But I have glory, to be strengthened with might prayed for thee, that thy faith fail by his Spirit in the inner man; Ver. not: and when thou art converted, 17. That Christ may dwell in your strengthen thy brethren. hearts by faith ;-1 Thess. iii. 13. To a John xvii. 15. I pray not that thou the end he may stablish your hearts shouldest take them out of the world, unblameable in holiness before God, but that thou shouldest keep them even our Father, at the coming of our from the evil. 1 Thess. v. 23. And Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. the very God of peace sanctify you Jude, Ver. 24. Now unto him that is wholly: and I pray God your whole able to keep you from falling, and to spirit, and soul, and body, be prepresent you faultless before the pre- served blameless unto the coming of sence of his glory with exceeding joy. our Lord Jesus Christ.
w Ps. li. 12. Restore unto me the 196. b Matt. vi. 13. joy of thy salvation; and uphold me c Rom. xv. 30. Now I beseech you, with thy free Spirit.
brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's * 1 Pet. v. 8. Be sober, be vigilant; sake, and for the love of the Spirit, because your adversary the devil, as that ye strive together with me in a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking your prayers to God for me. whom he may devour: Ver. 9. Whom à Dan. ix. 4. And I prayed unto resist stedfast in the faith, knowing the Lord my God, and made my conthat the same afflictions are accom- fession, and said, O Lord, the great plished in your brethren that are in and dreadful God, keeping the covethe world. Ver. 10. But the God of nant and mercy to them that love all grace, who hath called us unto his him, and to them that keep his cometernal glory by Christ Jesus, after mandments ;-Ver. 7. O Lord, rightethat ye have suffered a while, make ousness belongeth unto thee, but unto you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle us confusion of faces, as at this day; you.
-Ver. 8. O Lord, to us belongeth cony 2 Cor. xiii. 7. Now I pray to God fusion of face, to our kings, to our that ye do no evil; not that we should princes, and to our fathers, because appear approved, but that ye should we have sinned against thee. Ver. 9. do that which is honest, though we be To the Lord our God belong mercies as reprobates. Ver. 9. For we are and forgivenesses, though we have reglad when we are weak, and ye are belled against him. Ver. 16. O Lord, strong: and this also we wish, even according to all thy righteousness, I your perfection.
beseech thee, let thine anger and thy 2 Rom. xvi. 20. And the God of fury be turned away from thy city 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 quietly to rely upon him, that he will fulfil our requests. And, to testify this our desire and assurance, we say, Amen." Jerusalem, - Ver. 17. Now therefore, able to do exceeding abundantly above O our God, hear the prayer of thy all that we ask or think, according to servant, and his supplications, and the power that worketh in us, Ver. cause thy face to shine upon thy sanc- 21. Unto him be glory in the church tuary that is desolate, for the Lord's by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, sake. Ver. 18. O my God, incline world without end. Amen. Luke xi. thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, 13. If ye then, being evil, know how and behold our desolations, and the to give good gifts unto your children; city which is called by thy name: for how much more shall your heavenly we do not present our supplications Father give the Holy Spirit to them before thee for our righteousnesses, that ask him but for thy great mercies. Ver. 19. h 2 Chron. xx. 6. And (Jehoshaphat) O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O said, O Lord God of our fathers, art Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for not thou God in heaven ? and rulest thine own sake, O my God : for thy not thou over all the kingdoms of the city and thy people are called by thy heathen ? and in thine hand is there name.
not power and might, so that none is e Phil. iv. 6. Be careful for nothing; able to withstand thee? Ver. 11. Be. but in every thing by prayer and hold, I say, how they reward us, to supplication, with thanksgiving, let come to cast us out of thy possesyour requests be made known unto sion, which thou hast given us to inGod, &c.
herit. il Chron. xxix. 10. Wherefore 12 Chron. xiv. 11. And Asa cried David blessed the Lord before all the unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, congregation: and David said, Blessed it is nothing with thee to help, whebe thou, Lord God of Israel our fa- ther with many, or with them that ther, for ever and ever. Ver. 11. have no power: help us, O Lord our Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and God; for we rest on thee, and in thy the power, and the glory, and the vic- name we go against this multitude. tory, and the majesty: for all that is O Lord, thou art our God; let not man in the heaven and in the earth is prevail against thee. thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, ki Cor. xiv. 16. Else, when thou and thou art exalted as head above shalt bless with the spirit, how shall all. Ver. 12. Both riches and honour he that occupieth the room of the come of thee, and thou reignest over unlearned say Amen at thy giving of all
, and in thine hand is power and thanks, seeing he understandeth not might; and in thine hand it is to make what thou sayest ? Rev. xxii. 20. He great, and to give strength unto all. which testitieth these things saith, Ver. 13. Now therefore, our God, we Surely I come quicklv: Amen. Even thank thee, and praise thy glorious so, come, Lord Jesus. Ver. 21. The
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with 8 Eph. iii. 20. Now unto him that is you all. Amen.
ACREED UPON BY THE ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES AT WESTMINSTER, WITH TIIK
ASSISTANCE OF COMMISSIONERS FROM THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND,
AS A PART OF THE COVENANTED UNIFORMITY IN RELIGION
BETWIXT THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN THE KINGDOMS
OF SCOTLAND, ENGLAND, AND IRELAND.
APPROVED ANNO 1648, BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND, TO
BE A DIRECTORY FOR CATECHISING SUCH AS ARE OF WEAKER CAPACITY.
THE PROOFS FROM THE SCRIPTURE.
ASSEMBLY AT EDINBURGH, July 28, 1648. Sess. 19.
Act approving the SHORTER CATECHISM. THE General Assembly having seriously considered the SHORTER CATEwith assistance of Commissioners from this Kirk; do 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 weaker capacity.