Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Address God with Reverence and Awe

Adoration 1.1 | NASB

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

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

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come! Revelation 4:8(NASB)

O You alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18(NASB)

O God, You are my God; I will seek you earnestly; Psalm 63:1(NASB) my God, and I will praise You; my fathers’ God, and I will extol You. Exodus 15:2(NASB)

O You who are the true God, the living God, the one only living and true God, 1 Thessalonians 1:9(NASB) and the everlasting King! Jeremiah 10:10(NASB) With your redeemed people I confess your great name: “The LORD is my God, the LORD is one!” Deuteronomy 6:4(NASB)

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

The idols of the nations are silver and gold, they are vanity and a lie, the work of man’s hands; Psalm 115:4(NASB) those who make them will become like them, everyone who trusts in them. Psalm 115:8(NASB) But the portion of Jacob is not like these, for the Maker of all is He, and Israel is the tribe of His inheritance; the LORD of hosts is His name; Jeremiah 10:16(NASB) God over all, blessed forevermore. Romans 9:5(NASB)

Their rock is not like my Rock, even the enemies themselves judge this; Deuteronomy 32:31(NASB) for he is the Rock of ages, GOD the LORD, who is an everlasting Rock, Isaiah 26:4(NASB) whose name is everlasting and whose remembrance is to all generations, Psalm 135:13(NASB) when the gods who did not make the heavens and the earth will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.

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