Weekly Catechism

Weekly Catechism - Lord's Day 49

Weekly Catechism for 2018 (Heidelberg 1563): LORD’S DAY 49

124. What is the third petition?
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. That is: Grant that we and all men may renounce our own will, and yield ourselves without gainsaying, to Thy will which alone is good; that so every one may fulfill his office and calling, as willingly and truly as the angels do in heaven.

Weekly Catechism - Lord's Day 48

Weekly Catechism for 2018 (Heidelberg 1563): LORD’S DAY 48

123. What is the second petition?`
Thy kingdom come. That is: So govern us by Thy word and Spirit, that we submit ourselves unto Thee always more and more; preserve and increase Thy Church; destroy the works of the devil, every power that exalteth itself against Thee, and all wicked devices formed against Thy holy word, until the full coming of Thy kingdom, wherein Thou shalt be all in all.

Weekly Catechism - Lord’s Day 47

Weekly Catechism for 2018 (Heidelberg 1563): Lord’s Day 47

122. What is the first petition?
Hallowed be Thy name. That is: Enable us rightly to know Thee, and to hallow, magnify and praise Thee in all Thy works, in which shine forth Thy power, wisdom, goodness, justice, mercy and truth; and likewise so to order our whole life, in thought, word and work, that Thy name may not be blasphemed, but honored and praised on our account.

Weekly Catechism - Lord's Day 46

Weekly Catechism for 2018 (Heidelberg 1563): LORD’S DAY 46

120. Why has Christ commanded us to address God thus: Our Father?
To awaken in us, at the very beginning of our prayer, that filial reverence and trust toward God, which are to be the ground of our prayer; namely, that God has become our Father through Christ, and will much less deny us what we ask of Him in faith, than our parents refuse us earthly things. 

121. Why is it added: Who art in heaven?
That we may have no earthly thought of the heavenly majesty of God; and may expect from His almighty power all things necessary for body and soul.

Weekly Catechism - Lord's Day 45

Weekly Catechism for 2018 (Heidelberg 1563): LORD’S DAY 45

116. Why is Prayer necessary for Christians? 
Because it is the chief part of the thankfulness which God requires of us; and because God will give His grace and Holy Spirit only to such, as earnestly and without ceasing, beg them from Him, and render thanks unto Him for them. 

117. What belongs to such prayer, as God is pleased with and will hear? 
First, that from the heart we call only upon the one true God, who has revealed Himself to us in His word, for all that He has commanded us to ask of Him; secondly, that we thoroughly know our need and misery, so as to humble ourselves before the face of His Divine Majesty; thirdly, that we be firmly assured, that withstanding our unworthiness He will, for the sake of Christ our Lord, certainly hear our prayer, as He has promised us in His word. 

118. What has God commanded us to ask of Him? 

All things necessary for soul and body, which Christ our Lord has comprised in the prayer taught us by Himself. 

119. What is the Lord’s Prayer? 

Our Father which art in heaven: Hallowed by Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.