Going back to Prayer.

So on Sunday we went to the new , well new for my family, Church. It was a good day, and promising in the mode and for of worship for our family. We will definitely be returning so as to get a better overall feel for the church, but the Pastor made me think about prayer again. Honestly the more that I think about it the more I feel like I need to spend a lot more time on the topic, if for no other reason as that it seems to me, at least in modern society, that prayer is possibly the thing we all tend to skip on the most. I know that I certainly fall into that category. But in any case the Pastor made reference to the Larger Catechism in passing, so I figured I would dig a little deeper:

Question 178.

Question: What is Prayer?

Answer:

Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God,a in the name of Christ,b by the help of his Spirit;c with confession of our sins,d and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.e

So that is how the WLC defines it. WHat about the Heidelberg Catechism?

Question 116. Why is prayer necessary for christians?

Answer: Because it is the chief part of thankfulness which God requires of us: and also, because God will give his grace and Holy Spirit to those only, who with sincere desires continually ask them of him, and are thankful for them.

So looking at both helps give us a complete view of why a Christian should pray, and what prayer really is. As an aside this also points to why it is useful to have both the Heidelberg and the Westminster Catechisms and Confessions of Faith, because both have a different view on the same pieces. I like to equate the Westminster Catechism to the equivalent of a document written by a technical write for engineers, where the Heidelberg Catechism is the equivalent of a document written by an English major.
Back to the subject at hand, now that we have the definition of pray and why we should pray, next post on this topic I will look at the scriptural references.
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