Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Humbly Profess the Desire of your Heart for God

Adoration 1.16 | ESV

We must humbly profess the desire of our hearts towards God, as our felicity and portion and fountain of life and all good to us.

Whom have we in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that we desire besides you or in comparison with you. When our flesh and our heart fail, Lord, be the strength of our heart and our portion forever, Psalm 73:25-26(ESV) the chosen portion of our inheritance in the other world and of our cup in this; and then we will say that the lines have fallen for us in pleasant places, and that we have a beautiful inheritance. Psalm 16:5-6(ESV)

Your name and remembrance are the desire of our souls; our souls yearn for you in the night, and our spirits within us earnestly seek you. Isaiah 26:8-9(ESV)

As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants our soul for you, O God; our soul thirsts for God, for the living God, Psalm 42:1-2(ESV) who commands his steadfast love by day, and at night his song is with us; a prayer to the God of our life. Psalm 42:8(ESV)

O that we may come hungering and thirsting after righteousness, Matthew 5:6(ESV) for you fill the hungry with good things, but the rich you send away empty. Luke 1:53(ESV)

O that our souls may thirst for you, and our flesh faint for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water; that we may see your power and glory, as we have looked upon you in the sanctuary. Your steadfast love is better than life; Psalm 63:1-3(ESV) our souls will be satisfied with that as with fat and rich food, and then our mouths will praise you with joyful lips. Psalm 63:5(ESV)

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