Praying through the Westminster Shorter Catechism
Westminster Shorter Catechism Q4
Q. 4. What is God?
A. God is a spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.
Prayer: Our great God in heaven, you alone are majestic and awesome, and there is no one like you. You alone are the one true God, the Creator, and the sustainer of the entire universe. The heavens and earth are yours, for you have made them. All creatures owe their obedience and allegiance to you. Yet, due to sin, man rebels daily against your holy will. You have told us what you demand from man. However, they live like there is no God. Thankfully, you are a God of perfect justice. You are a God who will not trifle with sin. You alone exercise your perfect wrath against the evil and wicked behavior of men. Your perfect justice should cause men to tremble, but, instead, it often causes them to scoff and rebel further.
We thank you, Father, that you have not acted on your perfect justice on us. Yet, your justice needed to be satisfied, and you did that in and on your Son. It pleased you to crush him for our sake. All that you required was poured out on him for our sake. It was our sin that put your Son on the cross. He took your wrath for our sake. We thank you, our Father, for this gracious act. We are ashamed of our lack of affection and love for the Savior for all that he did. Forgive us, Father, for not regarding your Son’s great labor each day of our lives.
We pray that you would stay your hand of perfect justice against our world but would, instead, be merciful and open the hearts and minds of our friends and loved ones to the labor of the Savior. We pray this in Christ’s’ Name. Amen.
Scripture meditation: Gen. 1; Psa. 24; Gen. 18:25; Ex. 34:6-7; Deut. 32:4; Psa. 96:13; Rom. 3:5, 26; Isa. 53
Previous editions of prayers through the Westminster Shorter Catechism:
WSC Q1 (1) – Feb. 24, 2020
WSC Q1 (2) – Feb. 25, 2020
WSC Q2 (3) – Feb. 26, 2020
WSC Q2 (4) – Feb. 27, 2020
WSC Q3 (5) – Feb. 28, 2020
WSC Q4 (6) – Mar. 1, 2020
WSC Q4 (7) – Mar. 2, 2020
WSC Q4 (8) – Mar. 3, 2020
WSC Q4 (9) – Mar. 5, 2020
WSC Q4 (10) – Mar. 9, 2020
WSC Q4 (11) – Mar. 12, 2020