Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Address God with Reverence and Awe

Adoration 1.1 | NIV

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

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 may be done in such expressions as these:

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

O you whose name is the LORD, who alone are the Most High over all the earth! Psalm 83:18(NIV)

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; Psalm 63:1(NIV) my God, and I will praise you; my father’s God, and I will exalt you. Exodus 15:2(NIV)

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

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, made by the hands of men; Psalm 115:4(NIV) those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. Psalm 115:8(NIV) But he who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things, including Israel, the tribe of his inheritance; the LORD Almighty is his name, Jeremiah 10:16(NIV) God over all, forever praised. Romans 9:5(NIV)

Their rock is not like my Rock, as even your people’s enemies concede; Deuteronomy 32:31(NIV) for he is the Rock of ages, the LORD, the LORD is the Rock eternal: Isaiah 26:4(NIV) His name endures forever, and his renown through all generations, Psalm 135:13(NIV) when the gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens. Jeremiah 10:11(NIV)

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