Monday, August 10, 2009

We keep God's glory alone before our eyes

Calvin's Institutes (1559)
Book 3 of 4 - How We Receive the Grace of Christ
Chapter 20 - Prayer as exercise of faith and way we receive God's benefits

Sections 41-43 - Lord's Prayer - first three requests
41. "Hallowed be Your Name." We should desire God to be honored by all, though His holiness is besmirched by our sin, as His image-bearers. Ps 48:10.

42. "Your Kingdom Come." Very similar to the first request, God builds up churches, casts down enemies, helping us bear our cross in it all - 2 Cor 4:16; 2 Thess 2:8.

43. "Your will be done on earth as in heaven." As the angels serve Him gladly - Ps 103:20 - we renounce all desires in us contrary to God's revealed will. We want Him create clean hearts in us - Ps 51:20 - so we have "no prompting of desire but pure agreement with His will."

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