Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Acknowledge your Dependence on God and your Obligations to Him

Adoration 1.12 | NASB

I must acknowledge my dependence upon God and my obligations to Him as my Creator, Preserver, and Benefactor.

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

You, Lord, are the former of my body, and it is fearfully and wonderfully made and skillfully wrought. Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. Psalm 139:14-16(NASB)

You have clothed me with skin and flesh; You have knit me together with bones and sinews; You have granted me life and lovingkindness, and Your care preserves my spirit. Job 10:11-12(NASB)

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

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(NASB)

I am the clay, and You my Potter; I am the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8(NASB)

You are He who brought me forth from the womb and kept me in safety when upon my mother’s breasts; I have been cast upon You from birth and sustained by You. Psalm 22:9-10(NASB) You have been my God from my mother’s womb, and therefore my praise is continually of You. Psalm 71:6(NASB)

In You, O God, I live and move and exist, for I am Your child. Acts 17:28(NASB)

In Your hand are my life-breath and all my ways; Daniel 5:23(NASB) for a man’s way is not in himself, nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps, Jeremiah 10:23(NASB) but my times are in Your hand. Psalm 31:15(NASB)

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

It is of Your mercies that I am not consumed, even because Your compassions never fail: they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23(NASB)

If You take away my spirit, I expire and return to the dust out of which I was taken. Psalm 104:29(NASB)

Who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, unless You have commanded it? From Your mouth, O Most High, both good and ill go forth. Lamentations 3:37-38(NASB)

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