Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Song that Teaches about Prayer and Praise


Why Do Christians Need to Offer?

To the tune: (from the RUF Hymnbook “Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder” (Taylor) http://www.igracemusic.com/hymnbook/hymns.html). Based on Lord’s Day 45 of the Heidelberg Catechism (related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 98). Words: Bill Weber, 2010.

v. 1
Why do Christians need to offer
prayers unto their gracious Lord?
Praise and thanks are due unto Him,
for His love to us outpoured.
He has sent His only Son,
He has sent His only Son,
He has sent His only Son,
His redeeming work is done.

v. 2
Why do Christians need to offer
prayers unto their Father God?
Christ the vine and we the branches,
life and vigor for our walk.
Jesus Christ is all we need,
Jesus Christ is all we need,
Jesus Christ is all we need,
for His grace and Spirit plead.

v. 3
Why do Christians need to offer
prayers of praise and humble need?
God triune is great, majestic,
in His glory do we see:
all our sin and all our need,
all our sin and all our need,
all our sin and all our need,
Jesus, for us intercede.

v. 4
Even though we don’t deserve it,
let us bring our prayers to God.
God will surely listen to us,
Jesus washed us with His blood.
He has promised in His Word,
He has promised in His Word,
He has promised in His Word,
in Christ’s name will we be heard.

v. 5
Why do Christians need to offer
our own bodies to the Lord?
In response to God’s great mercy,
God triune by us adored:
Let us give ourselves to Christ,
let us give ourselves to Christ,
let us give ourselves to Christ,
for His precious sacrifice.

Lord's Day 45

Q & A 116

Q. Why do Christians need to pray?

A. Because prayer is the most important part
of the thankfulness God requires of us.^1

And also because God gives his grace and Holy Spirit
only to those who pray continually and groan inwardly,
asking God for these gifts
and thanking him for them.^2

^1 Ps. 50:14-15; 116:12-19; 1 Thess. 5:16-18
^2 Matt. 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-13

Q & A 117

Q. How does God want us to pray
so that he will listen to us?

A. First, we must pray from the heart
to no other than the one true God,
who has revealed himself in his Word,
asking for everything he has commanded us to ask for.^1

Second, we must acknowledge our need and misery,
hiding nothing,
and humble ourselves in his majestic presence.^2

Third, we must rest on this unshakable foundation:
even though we do not deserve it,
God will surely listen to our prayer
because of Christ our Lord.
That is what he promised us in his Word.^3

^1 Ps. 145:18-20; John 4:22-24; Rom. 8:26-27; James 1:5; 1 John 5:14-15
^2 2 Chron. 7:14; Ps. 2:11; 34:18; 62:8; Isa. 66:2; Rev. 4
^3 Dan. 9:17-19; Matt. 7:8; John 14:13-14; 16:23; Rom. 10:13; James 1:6

Q & A 118

Q. What did God command us to pray for?

A. Everything we need, spiritually and physically,^1
as embraced in the prayer
Christ our Lord himself taught us.

^1 James 1:17; Matt. 6:33

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