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The Heidelberg Catechism

Lord's Day 46

Question & Answer 120

Q: Why did Christ command us to call God "our Father"?

A: At the very beginning of our prayer
Christ wants to kindle in us
what is basic to our prayer-
the childlike awe and trust
that God through Christ has become
our Father.
Our fathers do not refuse us
the things of this life;
God our Father will even less refuse to give us
what we ask in faith.1

1 Matt. 7:9-11; Luke 11:11-13



Question & Answer 121

Q: Why the words "in heaven"?

A: These words teach us
not to think of God's heavenly majesty
as something earthly,1
and to expect everything
for body and soul
from his almighty power.2

1 Jer. 23:23-24; Acts 17:24-25
2 Matt. 6:25-34; Rom. 8:31-32