Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Consider your Evil Sins in Light of your Moral Knowledge and Profession of Faith

Confession 2.15 | KJV

I must aggravate* my sins and take notice of those things which make them more heinous in the sight of God and more dangerous to myself.

I bewail before thee all my sins and all my transgressions in all my sins. Leviticus 16:21(KJV)

The more knowledge I have of good and evil, the greater is my sin.

I have known my Master’s will but have not done it, and therefore deserve to be beaten with many stripes. Luke 12:47(KJV)

I have known the way of the Lord and the judgments of my God, and yet have altogether broken the yoke and burst the bonds. Jeremiah 5:4-5(KJV)

I have known the judgment of God, that they which do such things are worthy of death, and yet have done them and have had pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:32(KJV)

I have taught others, and yet have not taught myself; Romans 2:21(KJV) and while I profess to know God, I have in works denied him. Titus 1:16(KJV)

The greater profession I have made of religion, the greater hath been my sin.

I call myself of the holy city and stay myself upon the God of Israel and make mention of his name, but not in truth and in righteousness. Isaiah 48:1-2(KJV) For I have dishonoured that worthy name by which I am called, James 2:23(KJV) and given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme. 2 Samuel 12:14(KJV)

I have named the name of Christ, and yet have not departed from iniquity. 2 Timothy 2:19(KJV)

* The author means that we must look at our sins in the worst light, to see just how evil they are, taking into account the persons we have offended, the nature of the offense, the circumstances of our sin, etc. See The Westminster Larger Catechism, Questions 150 and 151. Editor.

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