Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Introduction and Acknowledgement of the Need for Lowliness before God

Confession 2.0 | KJV

Of the Second Part of Prayer, which is Confession of Sin, Complaints Regarding Myself, and Humble Professions of Repentance

Having given glory to God which is his due, Psalm 29:2(KJV) I must next take shame to myself, which is my due, and humble myself before him in the sense of my own sinfulness and vileness; and herein also I must give glory to him, Joshua 7:19(KJV) as my Judge, by whom I deserve to be condemned, and yet hope, through Christ, to be acquitted and absolved.

In this part of my work, I must acknowledge the great reason I have to lie very low before God and to be ashamed of myself when I come into his presence and to be afraid of his wrath, having made myself both odious to his holiness and obnoxious to his justice.

O my God! I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face before thee, my God, for my iniquities are increased over my head, and my trespass is grown up into the heavens. Ezra 9:6(KJV)

To me belongs shame and confusion of face, because I have sinned against thee. Daniel 9:8(KJV)

Behold I am vile, what shall I answer thee? I will lay my hand upon my mouth, Job 40:4(KJV) and put my mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope, Lamentations 3:29(KJV) crying with the convicted leper under the law, Unclean, unclean. Leviticus 13:45(KJV)

Thou puttest no trust in thy saints, and the heavens are not clean in thy sight. How much more abominable and filthy is man, who drinketh iniquity like water? Job 15:15-16(KJV)

When my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts, I have reason to cry out, Woe unto me, for I am undone. Isaiah 6:5(KJV)

Dominion and fear are with thee, thou makest peace in thy high places: There is not any number of thine armies, and upon whom doth not thy light arise? How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? Job 25:2-4(KJV)

Thou, even thou art to be feared, and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry? Psalm 76:7(KJV) Even thou, my God, art a consuming fire; Hebrews 12:29(KJV) and who knows the power of thine anger? Psalm 90:11(KJV)

If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me; if I say I am perfect, that also shall prove me perverse; Job 9:20(KJV) for if thou contend with me, I am not able to answer thee for one of a thousand. Job 9:3(KJV)

If I knew nothing by myself, yet am I not thereby justified, for he that judgeth me is the Lord, 1 Corinthians 4:4(KJV) who is greater than my heart and knows all things. 1 John 3:20(KJV) But I myself know that I have sinned, Father, against heaven and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy child. Luke 15:21(KJV)

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