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What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?

    Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in public and private worship of God, rest from routine employment, serve the Lord and others, and so anticipate the eternal Sabbath. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother, submitting to their godly discipline and direction.

    Leviticus 19:3

    Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.

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    What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?

      First, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God.Second, that we avoid all idolatry and do not worship God improperly. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence, honoring also his Word and works.

      Deuteronomy 6:13–14

      It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you.

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      Q. 135 Why do Christians need to pray?
      A. Because prayer is the most important part of the thankfulness God requires of us. And also because God gives his grace and Holy Spirit only to those who pray continually and groan inwardly, asking God for these gifts and thanking him for them.

      Ps. 50:14-15; 116:12-19; 1 Thess. 5:16-18
      Matt. 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-13

      Q. 136 How does God want us to pray so that he will listen to us?
      A. First, we must pray from the heart to no other than the one true God, who has revealed himself in his Word, asking for everything he has commanded us to ask for. Second, we must acknowledge our need and misery, hiding nothing, and humble ourselves in his majestic presence. Third, we must rest on this unshakable foundation: even though we do not deserve it, God will surely listen to our prayer because of Christ our Lord. That is what he promised us in his Word.

      Ps. 145:18-20; John 4:22-24; Rom. 8:26-27; James 1:5; 1 John 5:14-15
      2 Chron. 7:14; Ps. 2:11; 34:18; 62:8; Isa. 66:2; Rev. 4
      Dan. 9:17-19; Matt. 7:8; John 14:13-14; 16:23; Rom. 10:13; James 1:6

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      Q. 133 But can those converted to God obey these commandments perfectly?

      A. No. In this life even the holiest have only a small beginning of this obedience. Nevertheless, with all seriousness of purpose, they do begin to live according to all, not only some, of God’s commandments.

      Eccles. 7:20; Rom. 7:14-15; 1 Cor. 13:9; 1 John 1:8-10
      Ps. 1:1-2; Rom. 7:22-25; Phil. 3:12-16

      Q. 134 No one in this life can obey the Ten Commandments perfectly: why then does God want them preached so pointedly?

      A. First, so that the longer we live the more we may come to know our sinfulness and the more eagerly look to Christ for forgiveness of sins and righteousness. Second, so that, while praying to God for the grace of the Holy Spirit, we may never stop striving to be renewed more and more after God’s image, until after this life we reach our goal: perfection.

      Ps. 32:5; Rom. 3:19-26; 7:7, 24-25; 1 John 1:9
      1 Cor. 9:24; Phil. 3:12-14; 1 John 3:1-3