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Westminster Shorter Catechism Project

The Shorter Catechism
of the Westminster Assembly
Explained and Proved
from Scripture

by
Thomas Vincent


XCIX. Ques. What rule hath God given for direction in prayer?
Ans.
The whole Word of God is of use to direct us in prayer; but the special rule of direction is that form of prayer which Christ taught his disciples, commonly called The Lord's Prayer.

Q. 1. What is generally useful for our direction in prayer?
A. The whole Word of God is generally useful for our direction, as it containeth plenty of matter for prayer, guideth us to the manner of it, and aboundeth with variety of expressions which most fitly may be used in it.

Q. 2. What is the special rule for our direction in prayer?
A. The special rule for our direction in prayer is that form of prayer which Christ taught his disciples, ccmmonly called The Lord's Prayer. "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name," &c.

Q. 3. How many parts are there in the Lord's prayer?
A. There are three parts in the Lord's prayer; the preface, the petitions, and the conclusion.

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