Heidelberg Catechisms 116 – 119


Preacher: Rev Gavino Fioretti

Reading: Daniel 9: 1 – 23

Text: Matthew 6: 5 – 14 …. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.… (ESV)

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Q. 116 Why do Christians need to pray?
A. Because prayer is the most important part of the thankfulness God requires of us. And also because God gives his grace and Holy Spirit only to those who pray continually and groan inwardly, asking God for these gifts and thanking God for them.

Q. 117 What is the kind of prayer that pleases God and that he listens to?
A. First, we must pray from the heart to no other than the one true God, revealed to us in his Word, asking for everything God has commanded us to ask for.
Second, we must fully recognize our need and misery, so that we humble ourselves in God’s majestic presence. Third, we must rest on this unshakable foundation: even though we do not deserve it, God will surely listen to our prayer because of Christ our Lord. That is what God promised us in his Word.

Q.118 What did God command us to pray for?
A. Everything we need, spiritually and physically, as embraced in the prayer Christ our Lord himself taught us.

Q.119 What is this prayer?
A. Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Questions 116-119
Introduction:
A painful admission:
A well-meant misunderstanding:
A needed encouragement:

1. The need for prayer:

Thankfulness to God:
Dependence on God:
Chosen by God:

2. The biblical prayer:

The true God:
The will of God:
The majesty of God:
The promises of God:

3. The items for prayer:

Our physical need:
Our spiritual need: