Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Introduction to Adoration

Adoration 1.0 | NIV

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 an 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, offering my body to him as a living sacrifice, which I desire may be holy and pleasing to God and a reasonable act of worship; Romans 12:1(NIV) and then bind this festal sacrifice with ropes and take it up to the horns of the altar, Psalm 118:27(NIV) in such thoughts as these:

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

Let me strive to lay hold of God, Isaiah 64:7(NIV) to seek his face, Psalm 27:8(NIV) and to ascribe to him the glory due his name. Psalm 29:2(NIV)

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

Let me now enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for me through the curtain, that is, his body. Hebrews 10:19-20(NIV)

Let me now in undivided devotion attend to the Lord, 1 Corinthians 7:35(NIV) and let not my heart be far from him when I draw near with my mouth and honor him with my lips. Isaiah 29:13(NIV)

Let me now worship God, who is a Spirit, in spirit and in truth, for such are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. John 4:23-24(NIV)

[Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.]

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