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Of Prayer--a Perpetual Exercise Of Faith - Jean Calvin

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Of Prayer

Chapter 1 FROM the previous part of the work we clearly see how completely destitute man isà

Chapter 2 To prayer, then, are we indebted for penetrating to those riches which are treasured upà

Chapter 3 But some one will say, Does he not know without a monitor both what ourà

Chapter 4 Let the first rule of right prayer then beà

Chapter 5 Both things are specially worthy of notice.à

Chapter 6 Another rule of prayer is, that in asking we must always truly feel our wantsà

Chapter 7 If it is objected, that the necessity which urges us to pray is not alwaysà

Chapter 8 The third rule to be added is: that he who comes into the presence ofà

Chapter 9 In fine, supplication for pardon, with humble and ingenuous confession of guiltà

Chapter 10 Sometimes, however, the saints in supplicating God, seem to appeal to their own righteousnessà

Chapter 11 The fourth rule of prayer is, that notwithstanding of our being thus abased and trulyà

Chapter 12 This necessity our opponents do not at all consider.à

Chapter 13 And first, indeed in enjoining us to pray, he by the very injunction convicts usà

Chapter 14 It is strange that these delightful promises affect us coldlyà

Chapter 15 Here, by way of objection, several questions are raised.à

Chapter 16 It is also of importance to observe, that the four laws of prayer of whichà

Chapter 17 But since no man is worthy to come forward in his own nameà

Chapter 18 And we must carefully attend to the circumstance of time.à

Chapter 19 Moreover since he himself is the only way and the only access by which weà

Chapter 20 Moreover, the Sophists are guilty of the merest trifling when they allege that Christ isà

Chapter 21 In regard to the saints who having died in the body live in Christà

Chapter 22 But here stupidity has proceeded to such a length as to give a manifestation ofà

Chapter 23 In endeavouring to prove that such intercession derives some support from Scripture they labour inà

Chapter 24 They again object, Are those, then, to be deprived of every pious wishà

Chapter 25 The other passages of Scripture which they employ to defend their error are miserably wrested.à

Chapter 26 But some seem to be moved by the factà

Chapter 27 On the whole, since Scripture places the principal part of worship in the invocation ofà

Chapter 28 But though prayer is properly confined to vows and supplicationsà

Chapter 29 This assiduity in prayer, though it specially refers to the peculiar private prayers of individualsà

Chapter 30 As God in his word enjoins common prayer, so public temples are the places destinedà

Chapter 31 Hence it is perfectly clear that neither words nor singing if used in prayer areà

Chapter 32 It is certain that the use of singing in churches which I may mention inà

Chapter 33 It is also plain that the public prayers are not to be couched in Greekà

Chapter 34 We must now attend not only to a surer methodà

Chapter 35 This form or rule of prayer is composed of six petitions.à

Chapter 36 The first thing suggested at the very outset isà

Chapter 37 Nor let us allege that we are justly rendered timid by a consciousness of sinà

Chapter 38 The instruction given us, however, is not that every individual in particular is to callà

Chapter 39 This, however, does not prevent us from praying specially for ourselvesà

Chapter 40 The next words are, WHICH ART IN HEAVEN.à

Chapter 41 The first petition is, HALLOWED BE THY NAME.à

Chapter 42 The second petition is, THY KINGDOM COME.à

Chapter 43 The third petition is, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.à

Chapter 44 Now comes the second part of the prayer, in which we descend to our ownà

Chapter 45 The next petition is, FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS.à

Chapter 46 The sixth petition corresponds as we have observed to the promise of writing the lawà

Chapter 47 These three petitions, in which we specially commend ourselves and all that we have toà

Chapter 48 All things that we ought, indeed all that we are ableà

Chapter 49 By this, however, we would not have it understood that we are so restricted toà

Chapter 50 But although it has been said above sec.à

Chapter 51 If, with minds thus framed to obedience, we allow ourselves to be governed by theà

Chapter 52 But if our sense is not able till after long expectation to perceive what theà

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