Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Rely on Jesus Alone for Acceptance with God

Adoration 1.20 | NIV

I must profess my entire reliance on the Lord Jesus Christ alone for acceptance with God and come in his name.

I do not make requests of you because I am righteous, Daniel 9:18(NIV) for I am before you in my guilt, Ezra 9:15(NIV) and cannot stand before you because of my sins; Psalm 130:3(NIV) but I make mention of Christ’s righteousness, even of his only, who is The LORD Our Righteousness, Jeremiah 23:6(NIV) and therefore The LORD My Righteousness.

I know that even spiritual sacrifices are acceptable to God only through Christ Jesus, 1 Peter 2:5(NIV) nor can I hope to receive anything but what I ask of you in his name; John 16:23(NIV) and therefore, make me accepted in the One you love, Ephesians 1:6(NIV) that other angel, who puts much incense to the prayers of saints and offers them up on the golden altar before the throne. Revelation 8:3(NIV)

I come in the name of the great High Priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, who is able to sympathize with my weaknesses, Hebrews 4:14-15(NIV) and is therefore able to save completely all those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25(NIV)

Look upon my shield, O God: look with favor on your Anointed One, Psalm 84:9(NIV) in whom you have by a voice from heaven declared yourself to be well pleased; Lord, be well pleased with me in him. Matthew 3:17(NIV)

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