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New City Catechism - Question 39
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Posted by Taryl Jasper, Cornerstone Elder


New City Catechism - Question 39


Q39: With what attitude should we pray?


A: With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers.

KIDS’ ANSWER: With love, perseverance, and gratefulness.



Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.



Psalm 55:17; Luke 18:1; 7; Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18



When Jesus taught His disciples about prayer, he started with the negative model, "you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray ... that they may be seen by others ... do not heap up empty phrases ... do not be like them" (Matthew 6:5, 7-8). Jesus was clear. There are wrong ways that we can approach prayer. The Christian should take care that their heart is fixed on the right attitudes when entering into this transactional and spiritual conversation with the Creator of heaven and earth.


Prayer should flow from a heart of love for Jesus and gratitude for what He has done for us in erasing our debt of sin and giving us abundant life. If it was not for the work of Jesus in redeeming us, our prayers would be of no purpose (Ephesians 2:18). We would not have an advocate and the Father would not hear our prayers (Isaiah 59:2; Proverbs 15:29; 1 Timothy 2:5). Therefore every prayer should be offered with a foundational attitude of love and gratitude and praise.


When mankind was newly created, we directly fellowshiped and "walked" with God. Sin broke this intimate and direct relationship. Biblical prayer understands that the distance between the Creator and the creature has been closed by the gracious initiative of Jesus towards us. It is because we are the recipients of all good things within this relationship that our prayers are always offered to God in humble submission to His will. Yet alongside humility of spirit, the Scripture tells us that we can have a confidence that the Father hears His children and will act for their good accordance to His will (Hebrews 10:19; Ephesians 3:12; John 14:14). There is no brashness in Christian prayer that demands of God, but a persistent humility before God that demonstrates our dependency upon Him and our confidence that He will act according to His will.



We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true Man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He who knew no sin died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures.  Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into Heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.  (Is. 7:14Mt. 1:18-25;  Lk. 1:26-36;  Col. 2:9;  1 Jn. 5:20;  Mk. 10:45;  Heb. 2:9;  Lk. 24:23-40;  1 Cor. 15;  Acts 1:1-111 Pet. 3:221 Jn. 2:2Heb. 4:167:25)



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