Q40: What Should We Pray?

New City Catechism: Question 40


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor of Parkside Church outside of Cleveland, Ohio, answers the question, "What should we pray?”


Ephesians 3:14-21 (ESV)

Prayer for Spiritual Strength

14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,15from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,16that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,18may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question forty with the following answer: the whole Word of God directs and inspires us in what we should pray, including the prayer Jesus Himself taught us.


Alistair said the Bible instructs us and models for us how to pray. We can follow Jesus’ teachings on prayer and use Scripture as we pray to God. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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We can come before God with any request or worry. He knows how to give good gifts to His children and He listens when we cry out to Him.


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Ephesians 3:14–21. Take a moment to reflect on what it means for you to pray. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of prayer, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Ephesians 3:14–21. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions as you pray to Him.



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