Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Address God with Reverence and Awe

Adoration 1.1 | KJV

Having thus engaged my heart to approach unto God. Jeremiah 30:21(KJV)

I must solemnly address myself to that infinitely great and glorious Being with whom I have to do, as one that is possessed with a full belief of his presence and a holy awe and reverence of his Majesty, which may be done in such expressions as these:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come! Revelation 4:8(KJV)

O thou whose name alone is JEHOVAH, and who art the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18(KJV)

O God, thou art my God, early will I seek thee; Psalm 63:1(KJV) my God, and I will praise thee; my father’s God, and I will exalt thee. Exodus 15:2(KJV)

O thou who art the true God, the living God, the one only living and true God, 1 Thessalonians 1:9(KJV) and the everlasting King! Jeremiah 10:10(KJV) With thy redeemed people I confess your great name: “The Lord our God, who is one Lord.” Deuteronomy 6:4(KJV)

And may I thus distinguish myself from the worshippers of false gods.

The idols of the heathens are silver and gold, they are vanity and a lie, the work of men’s hands; Psalm 115:4(KJV) they that make them are like unto them, and so is every one that trusteth in them. Psalm 115:8(KJV) But the Portion of Jacob is not like unto them, for he is the former of all things, and Israel is the rod of his inheritance; the Lord of hosts is his name, Jeremiah 10:16(KJV) God over all, blessed for evermore. Romans 9:5(KJV)

Their rock is not my Rock, even the enemies themselves being judges; Deuteronomy 32:31(KJV) for he is the Rock of ages, the Lord Jehovah, with whom is everlasting strength, Isaiah 26:4(KJV) whose name shall endure for ever and his memorial unto all generations, Psalm 135:13(KJV) when the gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, shall perish from off the earth and from under these heavens. Jeremiah 10:11(KJV)

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