Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Introduction to Adoration

Adoration 1.0 | NASB

Of the First Part of Prayer, which is Address to God, Adoration of Him, with Suitable Acknowledgements, Professions, and Preparatory Requests.

My spirit being composed into a very reverent and serious frame, my thoughts gathered in, and all that is within me charged in the Name of the great God carefully to attend the solemn and awful service that lies before me and to keep close to it, I must, with a fixed attention and application of mind and an active lively faith, set the Lord before me, see His eye upon me, and set myself in His special presence, presenting myself to Him as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which I desire may be my spiritual service of worship; Romans 12:1(NASB) and then bind this festal sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar, Romans 118:27(NASB) in such thoughts as these:

Let me now lift up my heart, with my eyes and hands, toward God in heaven. Lamentations 3:41(NASB)

Let me arouse myself to take hold of God, Isaiah 64:7(NASB) to seek his face, Psalm 27:8(NASB) and to ascribe to Him the glory due to His name. Psalm 29:2(NASB)

To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul. Psalm 25:1(NASB)

Let me now with humble confidence enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, in the new and living way which He inaugurated for me through the veil, that is, His flesh. Hebrews 10:19-20(NASB)

Let me now secure undistracted devotion to the Lord, 1 Corinthians 7:35(NASB) and let not my heart be far from Him when I draw near to Him with my words and honor him with my lips. Isaiah 29:13(NASB)

Let me now worship God, who is spirit, in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. John 4:23-24(NASB)

Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, © Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission. (

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