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Westminster Shorter Catechism Project

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

by
Thomas Vincent


CI. Ques. What do we pray for in the first petition?
Ans.
In the first petition, (which is, "hallowed be thy name,") we pray, That God would enable us, and others, to glorify him in all that whereby he maketh himself known; and that he would dispose all things to his own glory.

Q. 1. What is the second part in the Lord's prayer?
A. The second part in the Lord's prayer is petitions.

Q. 2. How many petitions are there in the Lord's prayer?
A. There are six petitions in the Lord's prayer.

Q. 3. What is the first petition in the Lord's prayer?
A. The first petition in the Lord's prayer is in these words, "Hallowed be thy name."

Q. 4. What is meant by the name of God?
A. By the name of God is meant, God's titles, attributes, ordinances, word, and works, whereby God is pleased to make himself known. See the explication of the fifty-fourth answer.

Q. 5. What is it to hallow God's name?
A. To hallow God's name, is, to sanctify, honour and glorify God in all things whereby he maketh himself known. "Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself, and let him be your fear and your dread." Isa. 8:13. "Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." Ps. 96:8, 9.

Q. 6. What do we pray for in the petition, "Hallowed be thy name?
A. In the petition, "Hallowed be thy name," we pray 1. That God would hallow and glorify his own name, by magnifying himself in the world, and by disposing all things for his own glory. "Let thy name be magnified for ever." 2 Sam. 7:26. "Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek thy name, O Lord: that men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the Most High over all the earth." Ps. 83: 16, 18. 2. That God would enable us to hallow and glorify his name, by confessing and forsaking our sins, which rob him of his glory; by admiring and adoring him in his glorious titles and attributes, in his infinite excellences and perfections; by believing, loving, and obeying his word; by observing and attending upon his worship and ordinances; by magnifying him in his works, and making use of his creatures for his glory; by sincere, diligent, zealous, and constant endeavours to promote his honour and interest in our places and relations; and that the chief design of our thoughts, words, and actions, may be the glory of God, and that he would enable others also thus to hallow and glorify his name. "God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee." Ps. 67:1-3. "For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things; to whom be glory for ever." Rom. 11:36.

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