Monthly Archives: December 2015

  • Westminster Shorter Catechism, Week 51

    Q. 106. What do we pray for in the sixth petition?
    A. In the sixth petition, which is, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, we pray that God would either keep us from being tempted to sin, or support and deliver us when we are tempted.

    The sixth petition grapples with the reality of the world, the flesh, and the devil, those areas or realms from which our temptations stem. That we might be delivered from evil is rightly translated, “deliver us from the evil one,” and, thus, relates specifically to the devil. Temptations abound. They come from within and without. And in this petition we pray that we would not succumb to them.

    Praying this petition also makes us think about the reality of temptation. That is, when we pray this we cannot help … Read More »

  • Westminster Shorter Catechism, Week 50

    Q. 105. 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 Christ’s sake, would freely pardon all our sins; which we are rather encouraged to ask, because by his grace we are enabled from the heart to forgive others.

    These later petitions in the Lord’s prayer really get at the basics of life. We have been dealing with the food we eat and now we turn to the basics of our relationship with God and others. Nothing is more fundamental to our existence than forgiveness. Daily we call upon God to forgive and daily we are called upon by others to do likewise.

    We should also notice how closely God’s forgiveness is tied with our forgiveness of others. … Read More »

  • Westminster Shorter Catechism, Week 49

    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, we pray that of God’s free gift we may receive a competent portion of the good things of this life, and enjoy his blessing with them.

    Competent is the adjective chosen by the divines to modify the portion for which we pray in this life. Competency refers to that which is adequate but not exceptional. That which is sufficient. In this petition we pray God to meet our needs. Sometimes it’s difficult to discern the difference between needs and wants. But God is a good teacher.

    We have been hearing each week how Luther used these petitions to teach Master Peter, his barber, to pray. In this petition he teaches him—and us—that this petition is … Read More »