Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Acknowledge your Dependence on God and your Obligations to Him

Adoration 1.12 | ESV

We must acknowledge our dependence upon God and our obligations to him as our Creator, Preserver, and Benefactor.

You, O God, made me, and not I myself, therefore I am not my own but yours: 1 Corinthians 6:19(ESV) I am of your people and of the sheep of your pasture; Psalm 100:3(ESV) let me therefore worship and bow down and kneel before the LORD, my Maker. Psalm 95:6(ESV)

You, Lord, are the former of my body, and it is fearfully and wonderfully made and intricately woven. Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:14-16(ESV)

You have clothed me with skin and flesh; you have knit me together with bones and sinews; you have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit. Job 10:11-12(ESV)

You are the Father of my spirit, Hebrews 12:9(ESV) for you formed the spirit of man within him, Zechariah 12:1(ESV) and made me this soul. Jeremiah 38:16(ESV) The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Job 33:4(ESV) You put wisdom in the inward parts and give understanding to the mind. Job 38:36(ESV)

You are God my Maker, who teaches me more than the beasts of the earth and makes me wiser than the birds of the heavens. Job 35:10-11(ESV)

I am the clay, and you are my potter; I am the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8(ESV)

You are he that took me from the womb and kept me in safety when I was at my mother’s breasts; I have been cast upon you from my birth and held up by you. Psalm 22:9-10(ESV) You are my God from my mother’s womb, and therefore my praise is continually of you. Psalm 71:6(ESV)

In you, O God, I live and move and have my being, for I am your offspring. Acts 17:28(ESV)

In your hand is my breath, and yours are all my ways; Daniel 5:23(ESV) for the way of man is not in himself, neither is it in man who walks to direct his steps, Jeremiah 10:23(ESV) but my times are in your hand. Psalm 31:15(ESV)

You are the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day and redeemed me from all evil. Genesis 48:15-16(ESV)

It is because of the steadfast love of the LORD that I am not cut off, even because your mercies never come to an end: they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23(ESV)

If you take away my breath, I die and return to the dust out of which I was taken. Psalm 104:29(ESV)

Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? From your mouth, O Most High, both good and bad come. Lamentations 3:37-38(ESV)

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