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flesh (P), and restrain Satan (9), order all things (r), be stow and bless all means of grace (s), and quicken us to watchfulness in the use of them : that we and all his people may, by his providence, be kept from being tempted to sin (t); or, if tempted, that by his Spirit we may be powerfully supported and enabled to stand in the hour of temptation (v); or when fallen, raised again and recovered out of it (w), and have a sanctified use and improvement thereof (oc): that our sanctification and salvation may be perfected (y), Satan trodden under our feet (2), and we fully freed from sin, temptation, and all evil for ever (a).
Q. 196. What doth the conclusion of the Lord's prayer teach us?
A. The conclusion of the Lord's prayer, which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen (b), teacheth us to enforce our petitions with arguthat thou shouldest take them out ing covenant, Make you perfect of the world, but that thou should. in every good work, to do his will, est keep them from the evil. working in you that which is well
(P) Psal. 51. 10. Create in me pleasing in his sight, through Jea piaan heart, O God ; and renew sus Christ. ar ht spirit within me. Psal. 119. (t) Mat. 26. 41: Watch and 133. Order my steps in thy word : pray, that ye enter not into tempand let not any iniquity have do- tation. minion over me.
(v) 1 Thes. 3. 13. To the end (9) 2 Cor. 12. 7, 8. And lest he may stablish your hearts un. I should be exalted above measure blameable in holiness before God, through the abundance of the re- even our Father, at the coming of velations, there was given to me a our Lord Jesus Christ with all thorn in the flesh, the messenger his saints. of Satan to buffet me, lest I should (w) Psal. 51. 12. Restore unto be exalted above measure. For me the joy of thy salvation : and this thing I besought the Lord uphold me with thy free Spirit. thrice, that it mighi depart from (x ) 1 Pet. 5. 8. Be sober, be
vigilant ; because your adversary rr) 1 Cor. 10. 12, 13. Where. the devil, as a roaring lion, walk. fore let him that thinketh he eth about seeking whom he may standeth, take heed lest he fall. devour. There hath no temptation taken (y) 2 Cor. 13. 9. This also we you, but such as is common to wish, even your perfection, man : but God is faithful, who (z) Rom. 16. 20. And the will not suffer you to be tempted God of peace shall bruise Satan above that ye are able.
your feet shortly. (s) Heb. 13. 20, 21. Now the ra) John 17. 15. I pray not God of peace, that brought again that thou shouldest take them out from the dead our Lord Jesus, of the world, but that thou should that great shepherd of the sheep, est keep them from the evil. through the blood of the everlast- (b) Matthew 6, 13
ments (c), which are to be taken, not from any worthiness in ourselves, or in any other creature, but from God (d), and with our prayers to join praises (e), ascribing to God alone eternal sovereignty, omnipotency, and glorious excellency (f); in regard whereof, as he is able and willing to help us (g), so we by faith are emboldened to plead with him that he would (h), and quietly to rely upon him that he will, fulfil our requests (i). And, to testify this our desire and assurance, we say, AMEN (k).
(c) Rom. 15. 30. Now I be- world without end. Amen. seech you, brethren, for the Lord ch) 2 Chron. 20. 6. 11. And Jesus Christ's sake, and for the (Jehoshaphat) said, O Lord God love of the Spirit, that ye strive of our fathers, art not thou God together with me in your prayers in heaven? and rulest not thou to God for me.
over all the kingdoms of the hea(d) Daniel 9. 47. And I then ? and in thine hand is there prayed unto the Lord my God, not power and might, so that none and made my confession, and said, is able to withstand thee? Behold, O Lord, the great and dreadful I say, how they reward us, to God, keeping the covenant and come to cast us out of thy posses. mercy to them that love him, and sion, which thou hast given us to to them that keep his command- inherit. ments. O Lord, righteousness be- (i). 2 Chronicles 14. 11. And longeth unto thee; but unto us Asa cried unto the Lord his God, confusion of faces, as at this day. and said, Lord, it is nothing with
(e) Phil. 4. 6. Be careful for thee to help, whether with many, nothing : but in every thing, by or with them that have no power, prayer and
snpplication with help us, O Lord our God; for wé thanksgiving, let your requests be rest on thee, and in thy name we made known unto God.
go against this multitude : 0 Lord, (f) 1 Chron. 29. 11. Thine, 0 thou art our God, let not man Lord, is the greatness, and the prevail against thee. power, and the glory, and the vic- (k) 1 Cor. 14. 16. Else, when tory, and the majesty : for all that thou shalt bless with the spirit, is in the heaven and in the earth how shall he that occupieth the is thine ; thine is the kingdom, O room of the unlearned say, Amen, Lord, and thou art exalted as head at thy giving of thanks, seeing he above all.
understandeth not what thou say. (9) Eph. 3. 20, 21. Now est ? Rev. 22. 20, 21. He which unto him that is able to do exceed- testifieth these things, saith, Sureing abundantly above all that we ly I come quickly. Amen. Even ask or think, according to the so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace power that worketh in us, Unto of our Lord Jesus Christ be with him be glory in the church by you all. AMEN. Christ Jesus, throughout all ages,