Q39: With What Attitude Should We Pray?

New City Catechism: Question 39

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 Thabiti Anyabwile, a pastor at Anacostia River Church in the Washington, D.C. area, answers the question, "With what attitude should we pray?”

Philippians 4:6 (ESV)

6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

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 thirty-nine with the following answer: with love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, He always hears our prayers.

Thabiti said we should carry a humble and sincere attitude as we pray. Through prayer we interact with God, seek His guidance, and praise Him. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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We pray to the Father in the name of the Son through the Holy Spirit. We can enjoy God through prayer, speak to Him about our deepest needs, and thank Him for all He’s done for us. 

Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Philippians 4:6. Take a moment to reflect on what it means to have a proper attitude in prayer. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of praying to God, 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 Philippians 4:6. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions through prayer.

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