Not every book thrives in an online format, but Matthew Henry's A Method for Prayer does! We hope that you take the time to delve into this wonderful treatise on biblical prayer. Below are listed a variety of ways for you to get into the substance of Henry's book. We wholeheartedly believe that this Scripture-infused material is worth marinating yourself in, so the more ways you employ to get into the book, the better!
The book consists of 9 chapters which are featured as tabs on the left side bar. We have shifted the order of the chapters from their original layout, so as to highlight what Henry terms "the 6 parts of prayer" and to better group his two chapters of "sample" scriptural prayers for various occasions. Different English versions are available for Chapters 1-7: Adoration, Confession, Petition, Thanksgiving, Intercession, Conclusion, and the Lord's Prayer (Chapters 8 and 9 are only available in Henry's original King James Version language). Use the "Switch Translation" button at the top left of any page to select the version you would like to read.
From the Home Page, click the big "Start Reading" button to dive into the opening page of the book or select a chapter from the menu on the left. Once into the book, there are tabs at the top that let you know where you are (which chapter and what page). The nifty toolbar at the bottom allows you to navigate through the book, moving forward a page, backward, or returning to the Home Page.
Bookmarking: If you would like to mark your place in the book, so as to pick up where you left off on your next visit to the site, just click on the "Bookmark" icon on the right side of the page. Upon your return to the site, the Home Page will display a golden "Bookmark" symbol. Just click it, and it will take you to where you left off.
Sharing a page with a friend: If you would like to send a particular page to someone else, just click the "Share with a friend" icon in the right sidebar of any page. Enter your name and email, along with your friend's name and email, in the window that emerges. At the bottom of this window will be a message area where the link to the page you want to share will be listed. Place your cursor in the message area just after the link to add your own words of introduction or anything you would like to say (make sure there is a space between the end of the link and any words you add, so as to keep the link clearly marked for the recipient). Click the "send" button, and the confirming words of "Your page was sent, thank you" should appear at the top of the "Share with a friend" window.
Keywords have been selected for each individual page of the book. This feature allows the user to meditate on select topics, themes, and words; to reflect in a sustained manner on something of interest to them. From any page of Chapters 1-7, you will see on the right sidebar "Keywords for this passage." Select a word you are interested in. The tabs at the top of the page will let you know the keyword you have selected and how many pages pertain to your keyword. The toolbar at the bottom will navigate you through these selected pages.
Sign up for daily devotional emails. Each day you'll receive a section of the book (about 1 to 1.5 pages long). Instead of moving through the book consecutively, you will cycle through Chapters 1-7 (the 6 different parts of prayer and the Chapter on the Lord's Prayer). This method of reading will allow you to work your way through these core sections of the book in just under 6 months.
Click to enter any part of the book and at the bottom you will see a navigation toolbar. On the right side of this toolbar will be a few icons, two of which are the "Index" and "Table of Contents" buttons. The Index lists all the keywords for Chapters 1-7. Scroll through these words and phrases until you find what interests you. Select the item, and it will take you into the keyword's pages. The Table of Contents displays the contents of the book in outline form. Clicking on a point or page heading of interest will take you to that page.
Enter a particular passage of Scripture or a particular word in the "search" box which appears at the top of the right sidebar. The search function will pull up a list of articles that match the criteria you provide. Click on the article you would like to read. Hit your browser's "Back" button to return to the list of articles.
Resources for Public Prayer: Clicking this tab will take you into a section of the site which aims to provide a growing catalogue of topical examples of scriptural prayer. Building off of Chapters 8 & 9 of Henry's book, the goal of this area is to provide a number of prayers that seek to put "Praying the Bible" into action in a variety of settings.
Register for More Resources: This tab will take you to an area where you can access three Matthew Henry sermons on prayer, along with other resources.