Of Prayer—A Perpetual Exercise of Faith
Of Prayer--A Perpetual Exercise of Faith
John Calvin

Henry Beveridge (Translator)
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Of Prayer

Of Prayer. John Calvin

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

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

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

Chapter 4 Let the first rule of right prayer then be…

Chapter 5 Both things are specially worthy of notice.…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chapter 14 It is strange that these delightful promises affect us coldly…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chapter 26 But some seem to be moved by the fact…

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

Chapter 28 But though prayer is properly confined to vows and supplications…

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

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

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

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

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

Chapter 34 We must now attend not only to a surer method…

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

Chapter 36 The first thing suggested at the very outset is…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chapter 48 All things that we ought, indeed all that we are able…

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

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

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

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




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