1. Address the infinitely great and glorious Being a. with holy awe and reverence b. distinguishing Him from false gods 2. Reverently adore God as transcendently bright and blessed a. the self-existent, self-sufficient, infinite Spirit b. His existence indisputable c. His nature beyond our comprehension d. His perfection matchless e. infinitely above us and all others
In particular, adore the Lord as 1. eternal, immutable 2. present in all places 3. perfect in His knowledge of all 4. unsearchable in wisdom 5. sovereign, owner, and Lord of all 6. irresistible in power 7. unspotted in purity and righteousness 8. always just in His government 9. always true, inexhaustibly good 10. infinitely greater than our best praises
3. Give God the praise of His glory in heaven 4. Give Him glory as our creator, protector, benefactor, and ruler 5. Give honor to the three distinct Persons of the Godhead 6. Acknowledge our dependence on Him and obligation to our creator 7. Declare God to be our covenant God who owns us 8. Acknowledge the inestimable favor of being invited to draw near to Him 9. Express our unworthiness to draw near to God 10. Profess our desire for Him as our happiness 11. Profess our hope and trust in His all-sufficiency 12. Ask God graciously to accept us and our poor prayers 13. Pray for the assistance of the Holy Spirit in our prayers 14. Make the glory of God as the highest goal of our prayers 15. Profess our reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ alone
I don't imagine that Henry foresaw us going through all of these elements each time we pray. That would turn prayer into a chore, a matter of checking off a to-do list, rather than conversing with our Father in Heaven. However, as we think to cover them all over time, I would expect that our awareness of the grandeur of God would be magnified and our dependence on Him deepened. Those would seem to be worthy things!
My name is Chris Cole. I have lived in the Charlotte, NC, area for over thirty years, and have been an active Presbyterian during most of that time. I love the Westminster Confession of Faith as a beautiful expression of my own personal beliefs.
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"Seeing [that] the Lord of lords, the Lord Jesus, is so ready (never was there king so ready to hear a subject as Jesus is), [even] if thou wert the vilest body that goes, a thief, a harlot, etc., yet if thou wilt say this, 'Lord, remember on me, and give me a part of thy kingdom'; - if thou prayest to him from a penitent heart, with confidence and assurance, I promise unto thee, heaven and earth shall go [fall] together ere thou wantest [lack] thine asking. Seeing [that] our Lord Jesus is so liberal [free-giving], then seek more than enough, more than a kingdom, and thou shalt get more. The only cause why we want [lack] is in us: we have no hearts to seek it." - Rev. Robert Rollock, Scottish Presbyterian minister, about 1590, in a commentary on Luke 23:42-43