Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Acknowledge your Dependence on God and your Obligations to Him

Adoration 1.12 | NIV

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(NIV) I am of your people and of the sheep of your pasture; Psalm 100:3(NIV) let me therefore worship and fall down and kneel before the Lord my Maker. Psalm 95:6(NIV)

You, Lord, are the former of my body, and it is fearfully and wonderfully made and curiously wrought. Your eyes saw my unformed body, and all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:14-16(NIV)

You have clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews; you have given me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence have watched over my spirit. Job 10:11-12(NIV)

You are the Father of my spirit, Hebrews 12:9(NIV) for you form the spirit of man within him, Zechariah 12:1(NIV) and give me breath. Jeremiah 38:16(NIV) The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Job 33:4(NIV) You endow the heart with wisdom and give understanding to the mind. Job 38:36(NIV)

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

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

You brought me out of the womb and made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast; from birth I have been cast upon you and have relied on you. Psalm 22:9-10(NIV) You are my God from my mother’s womb, and therefore I will ever praise you. Psalm 71:6(NIV)

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

In your hand you hold my life and all my ways, Daniel 5:23(NIV) for a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps, Jeremiah 10:23(NIV) but my times are in your hands. Psalm 31:15(NIV)

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

It is because of your great love that I am not consumed, for your compassions never fail: they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23(NIV)

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

Who can speak and have it happen if you have not decreed it? From your mouth, O Most High, both calamities and good things come. Lamentations 3:37-38(NIV)

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