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body and blood, with all his benefits, to their spiritual nourishment, and growth in grace e.

Q.97. What is required to the worthy receiving of the Lord's Supper?

A. It is required of them that would worthily partake of the Lord's fupper, that they examine themselves of their knowledge to difcern the Lord's body f, of their faith to feed upon himg, of their repentance b,lovei,and new obedience k; left, coming unworthi.

For the promife is unto you, and to your children, and all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God fhall call Gen xvii. 10. See in letter x. Compared with Col. ii. 11. In whom alfo ye are circumcifed with the circumcifion made without hands, in putting off the body of the fins of the flesh, by the circum. cifion of Christ: v. 12. Buried with him in baptism, wherein alfo ye are rifen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. Cor. vii. 14. For the unbelieving hufband is fanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is fanctified by the hufband: elfe were your children unclean, but now are they holy.

96. e 1 Cor. xi. 23. For I have received of the Lord, that which alfo I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jefus, the fame night in which he was betrayed, took bread: v. 24. And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and faid, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. v. 25. After the fame manner alfo he took the cup, when he had supped, faying, This cup is the new Teftament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. v. 26. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do fhew the Lord's death till he come. 1 Cor. x. 16, The cup of blefling

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which we blefs, is it not the communion of the blood of Chrift? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

97. f 1 Cor. xi, 28. But let a man examine himself, and fo let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. v. 29. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not difcerning the Lord's body.

g 2 Cor. xiii. 5. Examine your felves, whether ye be in the faith: prove your own felves: know ye not your own felves, how that Jefus Chrift is in you, except ye be reprobates?

b 1 Cor. xi. 31. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

i1 Cor. xi. 31. The cup of bleffing which we blefs, is it not the communion of the blood of Chrift? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Chrift? v. 17. For we being many, are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

k1 Cor. v. 7. Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened For even Chrift our paffover is facrificed for us. v. 8. Therefore let us keep the feaft, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleaven. ed bread of fincerity and truth.

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worthily, they eat and drink judgment to themselves. Q 98. What is prayer?

A. Prayer is an offering up of our defires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Chrifto, with confeffion of our fins p, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies q.

99. What rule bath God given for our direction in prayer? A. The whole word of God is of ufe to direct us in prayer r; but the fpecial rule of directionis that form of prayerwhich Chrift taught hisdifciples, commonly called the Lord's prayers.

Q. 100. What doth the preface to the Lord's prayer teach us? A. The preface to the Lord's prayer (which is, Our Father which art in heavent, teacheth us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence,as children to a Father able and ready to help usʊ; and that we should pray with and for othersws

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li Cor. xi. 28, 29. See in letterf. 98. m Pfal. Ixii. 8. Truft in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

"I John v. 14. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we afk any thing according to his will, he heareth us.

John xvi. 23. And in that day ye shall ask me nothing: Verily verily I fay unto you, Whatsoever ye shall afk the Father in my name, he will give it you.

pPfal xxxii. I acknowledged my fin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid: I said, I will confefs my tranfgreffions unto the Lord; and thou forgaveft the iniquity of my fin. Selah. v. 6. For this shall every one that is godly, pray unto thee, in a time when thou mayeft be found: Surely in the floods of great waters, they fhall not come nigh unto him. Dan. ix. 4. and I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confeffion, and faid, O Lord, the great and dreadfu! God, keeping the covenant, and mercy to

Q. 101: them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments.


Phil. iv. 6. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and fupplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God.

99 r i John v. 14. and this is the confidence that we have in him, That if we afk any thing according to his will, he heareth us.

/Mat. vi. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, after this manner therefore pray ye, Our Father, &c. Compared with Luke xi. 2, 3, 4: and he faid unto them, When ye pray, fay, Our Father, &c.

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Q 101. What do we pray for in the first petition?

A. In the first petition (which is, Hallowed be thy name x) we pray, That God would enable us and others to glorify him in all whereby he maketh himself known y, and that he would difpofe all things to his own glory z.

Q. 102. What do we pray for in the second petition?

A. In the fecond petition (which is, Thy kingdom come a) we pray, That Satan's kingdom may be destroyed b, and that the kingdom of grace may be advancedc, ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it d; and that the kingdom of glory may be haftenede.

Q.103. What do we pray for in the third petition?

Aln the third petition (which is, Thy will be done in earth,as it is inheavenf)we pray, ThatGod,by his grace, would make us able and willing to know, obey and fubmit to his will in all thingsg,

kept in prifon, but prayer was made without ceafing of the church unto God for him. 1 Tim. ii. 1. I exhort therefore, that first of all, fupplications, prayers, interceffions, and giving of thanks be made for all men: v. 2. For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

101 x Mat. vi, 9.

y Pfal. Ixvii. 2. That thy way may be known upon earth, thy faving health among all nations. v. 3. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praife thee.

z Pfal. lxxxiii. throughout. 102 a Mat. vi. 10.

b Pfal. lxviii. 1. Let God'arife, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him, flee before him. v. 18. Thou haft afcended on high, thou haft led captivity captive: thou hak received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious alfo, that the Lord God might dwell among them

c Rev. xii. 10 And I heard a loud voice faying in heaven, Now is come falvation, and frength, and the king


dom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accufer of our brethren is caft down, which accufed them before our God day and night. v. 11. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony: and they loved not their lives unto the death.

d2 Thef. iii.. Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you. Rom. x. 1. Brethren, my heart's defire and prayer to God for Ifrael is, That they might be faved. John xvii. 9. I pray for them: 1 pray not for the world, but for them that thou haft given me, for they are thine. v. 20. Neither pray I for thefe alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.

e Rev. xxii. 20. He which teftifieth thefe things. faith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even fo, come, Lord Jefus.

103. Mat. vi, 10. g Pfal. Ixvii. throughout. Pfal. cxix. 36. Incline my heart unto thy

as the angels do in heaven b.

Q. 104. What do we pray for in the fourth petition?

A. In the fourth petition (which is, Give us this day our daily bread i) we pray, That, of God's free gift, we may receive a competent portion of the good things of this life, and enjoy his bleffing with them k

Q105. What do we pray for in the fifth petition?

A. In the fifth petition which is, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors /) we pray, That God, for Chrift's fake, would freely pardon all our fins m; which we are the rather

testimonies, and not to covetousness. Mat. xxvi, 39 and he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, faying, O my Father, if it be poffible, let this cup pafs from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. 2 Sam. xv. 25. and the king faid unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city : if I fhall find favour in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation. Job i. 21. and faid, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked fhall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; bleffed be the name of the Lord.

h Pfal. ciii, 20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in ftrength; that do his commandments, heark ning unto the voice of his word. v. 21. Blefs ye the Lord, all ye his hofts, ye minifters of his that do his pleasure.

104. i Mat. vi, 11.

k Prov. xxx. 8. Remove far from me vanity and lies, give me neither poverty nor riches, feed me with food convenient for me; v. 9. Left i be full, and deny thee, and fay. Who is the Lord? or left I be poor, and fteal, and take the name of my God in vain. Gen. xxviii. 20. and Jacob vowed a vow, faying. 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. 1 Tim. iv. 4. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refufed, if it be received with thanksgiving: v. 5. For it is fantified by the word, of God, and prayer.

105. / Mat. vi. 12.

m Pfal. li. I. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my tranfgreffions. v. 2. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanie me from my fin V. 7. Purge me with hyffop, and I fhall be clean: wafh me, and I fhall be whiter than fnow. v. 9. Hide thy face from my fins; and blot out all mine iniquities. Dan. ix. 17. Now therefore, O our God, hear thou the prayer of thy fervant, and his fupplications, and caufe thy face to shine upon thy fanctuary that is defolate, for the Lord's fake. v. 18. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear, open thine eyes, and behold our defolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not prefent our fupplications before thee for our righteoufneffes, but for thy great mercies. v 9. O Lord hear, ŎLord torgive, O Lord hearken and do, defer not, for thine own fake, my God: for thy city, and thự Dd 2


ther encouraged to ask, because by his grace we are enabled from the heart to forgive others n.

106. What do we pray for in the fixth petition?

A. In the fixth petition (which is, And lead us not into temp tation, but deliver us from evil o) we pray, That God would either keep us from being tempted to fin p, or fupport and deliver us when we are tempted q.

Q. 107. What doth the conclufionof the Lord's prayer teach us? A. The conclufion of the Lord's prayer (which is, For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever, Amenr) teacheth us to take our encouragement in prayer from God onlyf, and in our prayers to praife him, afcribing kingdom, power,

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9 2 Cor. xii. 7. And left I fhould be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the meffenger of Satan to buffet me, left I fhould be exalted above measure. v. 8. For this thing I befought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

107 r Mat. vi. 13. /Dan. ix. 4 And I prayed unto And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confeffion, and faid, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant, and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments v.7. O Lord rightrouthefs belongeth unto thee, but anto us confufion of faces, as at this day to the men of Judah, and to


the inhabitants of Jerufalem, and unto all Ifrael that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trefpaffed against thee. v. 8 O Lord, to us belongeth confufion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have finned against thee. v. 9. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveneffes, though we have rebelled against him. v. 16. O Lord, according to all thy righteousnefs, I befeech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerufalem, thy holy mountain: becaufe for our fins, and for the i niquities of our fathers, Jerufalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. v, 17. Now therefore, our God, hear the pray er of thy fervant, and his fupplications, and caufe thy face to fhine upon thy fanctuary that is defolate, for the Lord's fake. v. 18. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our defolations, and the city which is cal led by thy name: for we do not prefent our fupplications before thee for our righteoufn ffes, but for thy great mercies. v. 19. O Lord hear,


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