Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 45
Q & A 99
Q What rule has God given for our direction in prayer?
A The whole Word of God is of use to direct us in prayer;1 but the special rule of direction is that form of prayer which Christ taught his disciples, commonly called the Lord’s Prayer.2
Q & A 100
Q What does the preface of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?
A The preface of the Lord’s Prayer, which is, Our Father in heaven, teaches us to draw near to God with all holy reverence3 and confidence,4 as children to a father,5 able and ready to help us;6 and that we should pray with and for others.*7
*1 1 John 5:14.
*2 Matthew 6:9-13.
*3 Psalm 95:6.
*4 Ephesians 3:12.
*5 Matthew 7:9-11; Cf. Luke 11:11-13; Romans 8:15.
*6 Ephesians 3:20.
*7 Ephesians 6:18; 1 Timothy 2:1-2.