Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Acknowledge the Privilege of Drawing Near to God in Prayer

Adoration 1.14 | NIV

I must acknowledge it an unspeakable favor and an inestimable privilege that I am not only admitted, but invited and encouraged, to draw near to God in prayer.

You have commanded me to pray on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests, with thanksgiving, and to be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints; Ephesians 6:18(NIV) to continue in prayer, and in everything, by prayer and petition, to present my requests to God. Philippians 4:6(NIV)

You have directed me to ask and seek and knock; and have promised that it will be given to me, I will find, and the door will be opened to me. Matthew 7:7(NIV)

You have appointed for me a great High Priest, in whose name I may approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that I may receive mercy and find grace to help me in my time of need. Hebrews 4:16(NIV)

You have assured me that while you detest the sacrifice of the wicked, the prayer of the upright pleases you; Proverbs 15:8(NIV) and that he who sacrifices thank offerings honors you; Psalm 50:23(NIV) and the sacrifice of thanksgiving will please the LORD more than that of an ox or a bull with its horns and hoofs. Psalm 69:30-31(NIV)

You are he who hears prayer, and therefore to you all men will come. Psalm 65:2(NIV)

You say, “Seek my face!” And my heart answers, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8(NIV) For, should not a person inquire of his God? Isaiah 8:19(NIV) To whom shall I go but to you? You have the words of eternal life. John 6:68(NIV)

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