Pray the Bible

Matthew Henry's Method for Prayer is written to
promote, encourage, and assist God's people in Biblical prayer

About the online edition of

Matthew Henry's A Method for Prayer

Edited & Revised by Ligon Duncan, with William McMillan, Executive Production by Dan Arnold

Matthew Henry wrote “A Method for Prayer” nearly 300 years ago. Among the many editions and revisions of this book that have been produced throughout the years, Ligon Duncan edited and revised a version which was published in 1994. This project has built off of the efforts invested by Dr. Duncan and others in that publication.

The aim of the online publication of this “old-made-new” monograph is to assist and encourage modern Christians in both public and private prayer. Surely we all recognize that the Church of our day, at least in the West, is weak in the way of prayer. Reading and rereading “A Method for Prayer” will help train the Christian in the use of biblical truth and language in prayer.

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Section 1: Adoration

Of the first part of prayer, which is address to God, adoration of Him, with suitable acknowledgements, professions, and preparatory requests.

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Confession of Sin

Section 2: Confession

Of the second part of prayer, which is confession of sin, complaints regarding 0urselves, and humble professions of repentance.

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Section 3: Petition

Of the third part of prayer, which is petition and supplication for the good things that we stand in need of.

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Section 4: Thanksgiving

Of the fourth part of prayer, which is thanksgiving for the mercies we have received from God and the many favors of His we are interested in and have and hope for benefit by.

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Section 5: Intercession

Of the fifth part of prayer, which is intercession, or address and supplication to God for others. 

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Section 6: Conclusion

Of the sixth part of prayer, which is the conclusion of our prayers.

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Why Pray the Bible?

Resorting to a more scriptural pattern of prayer may be a simple (but profound) answer to many problems in our practice of prayer. There are a number of reasons that could be given as to why Christians should “Pray the Bible.”

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About the Author

Who was Matthew Henry?

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry (1662-1714), beloved commentator on the Scriptures, was a prolific writer and minister, most famous for his Commentary on the Whole Bible. 

Throughout his life as a minister, Henry was a diligent student of the Word, sometimes rising as early as 4 o’clock in the morning and often spending 8 hours a day in his study in addition to his pastoral labors. He was also, however, a man of prayer. Henry completed a book on prayer in March of 1712, just two months before leaving Chester (where he had served for 25 years) to pastor a church in London. Hence, it reflects a lifetime of prayer, ministry, and Christian experience. Its full title was A Method for Prayer with Scripture Expressions proper to be used under each head. In it, Henry lays down an outline of a plan for prayer (Adoration, Confession, Petition, Thanksgiving, Intercession, and Conclusion) and supplies the contents of prayer from the Scriptures themselves.

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"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18