Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Take Hold of the God-Given Encouragement you Have to Confess Sin

Confession 2.1 | KJV

I must take hold of the great encouragement God hath given me to humble myself before him with sorrow and shame, and to confess my sins.

If thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, O Lord, who should stand! But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared; Psalm 130:3-4(KJV) with thee there is mercy; yea, with my God there is plenteous redemption, and he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. Psalm 130:7-8(KJV)

Thy sacrifices, O God, are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise; Psalm 51:17(KJV) nay, though thou art the high and lofty One that inhabitest eternity, whose name is holy; Isaiah 57:15(KJV) though the heaven be thy throne and the earth thy footstool, yet to this man wilt thou look, that is poor and humble, of a broken and a contrite spirit, and that trembleth at thy word, Isaiah 66:1-2(KJV) to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15(KJV)

Thou hast graciously assured me, though they that cover their sins shall not prosper, yet those that confess and forsake them shall find mercy. Proverbs 28:13(KJV) And when a poor penitent said, I will confess my transgression unto the Lord, thou forgavest the iniquity of his sin; for this shall every one that is godly, in like manner, pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found. Psalm 32:5-6(KJV)

I know that if I say I have no sin, I deceive myself, and the truth is not in me; but thou hast said that if I confess my sins, thou art faithful and just to forgive me my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9(KJV)

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