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13. Prayer and Worship

Q: What is prayer?
A: Prayer is responding to God, by thought and by deeds, with or without words.

Q: What is Christian Prayer?
A: Christian prayer is response to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Q: What prayer did Christ teach us?
A: Our Lord gave us the example of prayer known as the Lord's Prayer.

Q: What are the principle kinds of prayer?
A: The principle kinds of prayer are adoration, praise, thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, intercession, and petition.

Q: What is adoration?
A: Adoration is the lifting up of the heart and mind to God, asking nothing but to enjoy God's presence.

Q: Why do we praise God?
A: We praise God, not to obtain anything, but because God's Being draws praise from us.

Q: For what do we offer thanksgiving?
A: Thanksgiving is offered to God for all the blessings of this life, for our redemption, and for whatever draws us closer to God.

Q: What is penitence?
A: In penitence, we confess our sins and make restitution where possible, with the intention to amend our lives.

Q: What is prayer of oblation?
A: Oblation is an offering of ourselves, our lives and labors, in union with Christ, for the purposes of God.

Q: What are intercession and petition?
A: Intercession brings before God the needs of others; in petition, we present our own needs, that God's will may be done.

Q: What is corporate worship?
A: In corporate worship, we unite ourselves with others to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God's Word, to offer prayer, and to celebrate the sacraments.

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