Q. 98. What is prayer?
A. Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.
The last 10 questions of the catechism take up the topic of prayer and focus specifically on the Great Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer. Practically this means that if your prayer life is in need of some encouragement, correction, or assistance, the next 10 weeks provide you with a very focused opportunity to think about prayer and to practice and participate in it.
Before taking up each petition of the prayer, our catechism offers us a terse, but pregnant, definition of prayer. Summarily, prayer is an offering of our desires unto God. Put like that it is extremely intimate and personal. After all, … Read More »