Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Express your Unworthiness to Draw Near to God

Adoration 1.15 | NIV

I must express the sense I have of my own meanness and unworthiness to draw near to God and speak to him.

But will God really dwell on earth with men? That God whom the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain, 2 Chronicles 6:18(NIV) with man, who is but a maggot – a son of man, who is only a worm? Job 25:6(NIV)

Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far to present myself before the Lord? 2 Samuel 7:18(NIV) That I have through Christ an access to the Father by one Spirit? Ephesians 2:18(NIV) And yet, as if this were not enough in your sight, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign LORD? 2 Samuel 7:19(NIV)

What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him, Psalm 8:4(NIV) and thus magnify him?

May the Lord not be angry, Genesis 18:30(NIV) if I, who am nothing but dust and ashes, am so bold as to speak to the Lord of glory. Genesis 18:27(NIV)

I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant; Genesis 32:10(NIV) nor is it right to take the children’s bread and toss it to such as I am; but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table; Matthew 15:26-27(NIV) and you richly bless with mercy all who call on you. Romans 10:12(NIV)

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