On July 1, 1643, the Westminster Assembly convened for the first time. The purpose of the assembly was to reorganize the English church after the English Civil War had begun between Charles I and Parliament. In many ways, the Westminster divines saw themselves as completing the reformation of the English church, which they thought had been only partially accomplished by the Anglican church.
To guide their reforming efforts, the Westminster Assembly produced a number of important works, including the Westminster Confession, the Westminster Shorter Catechism, and the Westminster Larger Catechism. In the latter document, the Westminster divines answered a number of questions about prayer. So, to commemorate the anniversary of Westminster, this morning’s “prayer” is actually a reflection on 8 questions about prayer.