An endeavovr of making the principles of Christian religion, namely the Creed, the Ten Commandements, the Lords prayer, and the Sacraments, plaine and easie tending to the more speedy instruction of the meanest capacities, and weakest memories, and for the making triall also of their understandings, who though they have attained some measure of saving knowledge, yet through the weaknesse of their abilities cannot expresse even that which they doe conceive.
Palmer, Herbert, 1601-1647.
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Questions and Answers tending to explain The Lords Prayer → .

Question 1. WH•… that we repent and beleeue, and keep Gods Commande¦ments.   A. It is onely from Gods grace 〈…〉 Christ that we a re∣pent, and b believe, and c keep Gods Com∣mandments. a 2 Tim. 2. 25. Acts 5. 31. b E∣phes. 2. 8. Heb. 12. 2. e Heb. 8. 10. John 15. 5. Phil. 4. 13.
Is it altogether from our selves? No.  
Or, Onely from Gods grace through Christ? Yes.  
Or, Partly from God, and partly from our selves? No.  
Or, From God, through any mediator besides Christ? No.  
2 Q. How doth God use to work repentance and faith in us?   2 A. God workes d repentance, and e faith in us by his Word, with which his f Spirit conveyeth his grace unto us. d 2 Tim. 2. 25. e Rom. 17. 〈…〉 2 Cor. 3. 3. Pet. 1. 22.
Is it not by his word, with which his Spirit conveyeth his grace unto us? Yes.  
Or, Vseth he to worke by his Spirit without his Word? No.  
Or, Would the Word doe us any good without the Spirit? No.  
3 Q. How may we obtain grace from God when we finde our selves to want it?   3 A. God will have us to g pray to him for grace, as h also for all other good things, when we want them. g Ezek. 36. 25, &. with 37. h Jer. 29. 11. 12. Luke 11. 9, 10. 13.
Will e not have us to pray to him for it? Yes.  
Or, May we expect it without praying for it? No.  
Or, May we expect any other good thing without prayer? No.  
Page  33Or, Will God ••ve us to pray to him also for all other good things when we want them? Yes.  
4 Q. What is Prayer?   4. A. Prayer is the i making of our re∣quests to God, by k powring out our hearts before him. i Phi. 4. 6. k Psa. 62. 8.
Is it not the making our re∣quests to God, by pouring out our hearts before him? Yes.  
Or, Is the repeating of the beliefe a Prayer? No.  
Or, Is the repeating of the ten Commandments a Prayer? No.  
Or, Do we pray when we say over the words of any prayer without understanding? No.  
Or, Without our hearts go a long with our tongues and lips? No.  
5 Q. To whom must we pray or may we pray?   5. A. We must pray to l God alone, and none else. l Psal. 65. 2.
Must we pray to God alone? Yes.  
And, May we pray to none else? No.  
Or, May we pray to Angels? No.  
Or, To Saints in heaven? No.  
Or, To the blessed Virgin? No.  
6 Q. In whose name must we pray, or may we pray?   6 A. We must pray in the m name of Christ alone, and n of none else, trusting on∣ly upon Him, for ma∣king our Prayers ac∣cepted. m John. 16. 23. n Iohn 14. 6. 1. Tim. 2. 5.
May we pray in our owne names, that is, trusting in our own righteousnesse? No.  
Or, In the name of any Saint? No.  
Or, Angel? No.  
Or, Of the blessed Virgin? No.  
Trusting in any of them, or any other meere creature, for accep∣ta••on of our prayers? No.  
Or, Must we pray in the name of Christ alone? Yes.  
Page  34Trusting upon him and none else, for making our prayers ac∣cepted? Yes.  
7 Q. What rule or direction have we for the making of our pray∣ers? With what affections we should pray, and for what things?   7 A. The rule of our Prayers is o Gods Word, p specially the Lords Prayer → , o Esa. 8. 20. p Mat. 6. 9, &c. Luke 11. 2, &c.
Q. What is that you call the Lords Prayer → ? Repeat it.   A. Our Father, &c.
Is not Gods Word to be our rule and direction? Yes.  
And, Specially the Lords pray∣er, which Christ himselfe hath taught us? Yes.  
Or, May we pray as we list? No.  
Or, For what we list? No.  
8 Q. With what affections must we alwayes pray, according to the di∣rection of the Lords Prayer → ?   8 A. the Lords pray∣er directeth us to pray in faith, and humility, and charity, & thank∣fulnesse.
Must we not alwayes pray in faith, as coming to a father, and one who hath all power? Yes.  
And, In humility, as to our heavenly Father, and the King of the whole world? Yes.  
And, In charity for others, as for ourselves? Yes.  
And, Forgiving, as we expect forgivenesse? Yes.  
And, In thankfulnesse, as to him that ruleth all, and doth all for us? Yes.  
Or, May any of these be alto∣gether wanting, and yet our prayer acceptable? No.  
9 Q. What are we taught to pray for in the Lords Prayer, saying, Hal¦lowed be thy Name?   9 A. When we say hallowed be thy name, we pray, that Page  35 God may be infinitely honoured q above us and all creatures, and everlastingly glorified by us and all crea∣tures. q Psal. 115. 1, 2. &c. Psal. 103. 22.
It is not that God may be in∣finitely honoured above us and ll creatures? Yes.  
And, Everlastingly glorified by us and all creatures? Yes.  
Or, May we at any time take the honour of any thing wholly o ourselves? No.  
Or, Math ourselves with God n any respect? No.  
Or, Ascribe like honour in any respect to any creature that wee do to God? No.  
Or, Be carelesse of glorifying God in some thing or other, at ome time or other? No.  
And, Need wee trouble our¦selves, if others neglect to glori∣fie God any way? Yes.  
Or, When any thing is spoken or done to his dishonour, may we be carelesse of it? No.  
10 Q. What are wee taught to pray for, saying. Thy Kingdome come?   10 A. When we say, Thy Kingdome come, we pray, that s Christ may reign throughout the World t by his word in despite of Sa∣tan and all other re∣bellious enemies. s Ps. 110. 1, 2. t Thes. 3. 1.
Is it not that Christ may reign throughout the VVorld by his Word? Yes.  
And, That in despite of Satan, and all other rebellious ene∣mies? Yes.  
And, Is Gods Kingdome and Christs Kingdome all one? Yes.  
Doth Christs Kingdome any where take place, where his Word beareth not the sway? No.  
Or, Need we trouble ourselves, 〈…〉 Christ and his Word doe not   Page  36 prevaile any where so long 〈…〉 o•• ourselves a••〈…〉 by it? Yes.  
Or, When Satans kingdome prevaileth, and any other rebel¦lious enemies of Christ, may wee 〈…〉 to see or hear it? No.  
11. Q. Wh•• are wee 〈…〉 to pray for, saying, Thy will b•• done?   11 A. When 〈…〉 say, Thy will be done we pray that 〈…〉 God will may be fully ye¦ded to, x not our ow wils, y nor the lusts 〈…〉 men. Psal. 142. 1 x Matth. 26. 39. 42. y Psal. 140. 8. 1 Pet 4. 2, 3.
Is it not that Gods will may bee fully yeilded to a all times? Yes.  
Or, May wee not sometime stand upon having our own wils? No.  
Or, Grudge that we are forced to endure Gods will? No.  
Or, Give way sometimes to the lusts of men contrarying Gods will? No.  
And, Need wee trouble our∣selves if Gods will be not done by 〈…〉 as we do it our∣selves? Yes.  
Or, If others grudge to be for¦ced to endure Gods will, may wee bee carelesse to see or heare it? No.  
12 Q. W•••••• w•••••ght to pray for, saying Give ••••is ••y o•• daily bread?   12 A. When wee say, Give us this day our daily bread, we begge all y needfull things for our bodily life and outward con∣dition, with a 〈…〉
Doe wee not beg of God all needfull things for our bodily life and outward condition? Yes.  
And, A blessing withall upon the things that are given us? Yes.  
And, Freedome also from all   Page  37〈…〉•• our •••ward 〈…〉? Yes. sing o them, and a freedome from all 〈…〉 y Prov. 30. 8. Psal.8. 9. a Ps 17. 8.
Or, i••re ••ead the onely 〈…〉 we are llowed to 〈…〉 No.  
13 Q. What are we taught to 〈…〉 saying 〈…〉.   13 A. When wee say, Forgive us our rrespasses, wee beg or God never to require of us ourselves to suf∣fer and satisfie for our c sins past, and to d as∣sure us that hee will not. b Psal. 143. 2. c Psal. 79. 8. Psal. 25. 7. d Psal. 51. 12.
Doe wee not beg of God, ne¦ver to require of us ourselves o suffer o satisfie for our sinne〈…〉? Yes.  
And, Wi•… that •…e will not? Yes.  
Or, Are wee forgiven if God oe require of us ourselves, to suffer or satisfie for our sinnes ast? No.  
Or, Vnlesse he accept the suf∣fering and satisfaction of ano∣ther, namely of Christ? No.  
14 Q. What are wee taught o pray for, saying, Lead us not into emptation?   14 A. When wee say, Lead us not into temptation, we beg of God that we may not meet with any e pro∣vocation to sin, and may have f a•• helps to grace. e Prov. 30. 8, 9. Psal 141. 4. f Psal. 43. 3. Psal. 119. 43. Psal. 141. 5.
Doe we not beg of God that we may not meet with any pro∣ocation to sin? Yes.  
And, May also have all helps o grace? Yes.  
Or, May we be so confident of ourselves as wee need not aske these things. No.  
15 Q. What are we taught 〈…〉 pray for, saying, Deliver us from 〈…〉?   15 A. When we say, Deliver us from evill, wee beg of God to be kept from g sin, speci∣ally
Doe we not beg that we may e kept from sin? Yes.  
Page  38And, Specially from living in sinne? Yes. from the living in it; and so from Satan and k Hell, having all things blessed to oul grace, and m salvati∣on. g Ioh. 17. 15. Psal 19. 12, 13. Psal. 119▪ 133. i Zach. 3. 2. . Tim. 1. 18. l Ioh. 17. 17. m Iohn7. 24.
And, To have all things bles∣•… to our grace and salvation? Yes.  
And, So kept from Satan and Hell? Yes.  
Or, Is any of this needlesse to be asked? No.  
Or, May wee presume to live in sin, and yet thinke to escape Satan and Hell, and be saved? No.  

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