21 November 2009

Lord's Day 46 Heidelberg Catechism

Lord's Day 46

Scripture readings: Luke 11:1-13; Ephesians 1:1-6; 1 John 3:1-12

Question 120. Why has Christ commanded us to address God: "Our Father"?
Answer. That at the very beginning of our prayer he may awaken in us the childlike reverence and trust toward God which should be basic to our prayer, which is that God has become our Father through Christ and will much less deny us what we ask in faith than our human fathers and mothers will refuse us earthly things.

Question 121. Why the words "in heaven"?
Answer. These words teach us not to think of God's heavenly majesty as something earthly, and to
expect everything for body and soul from God's almighty power.

For study and reflection:
What Scripture verses remind us that we should approach God in a child-like fashion?
Why do we not pray to Mary as the Roman Catholics do?

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