Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Consider your Evil Sins in Light of the Corrections you have Received and the Vows you have Made

Confession 2.17 | NASB

The greater afflictions I have been under for sin, the greater is the sin if I go on in it.

You have smitten me, but I have not weakened; I have refused to take correction and have made my face harder than rock, Jeremiah 5:3(NASB) and the rod has not removed the foolishness out of my heart. Proverbs 22:15(NASB)

You have corrected me with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men, 2 Samuel 7:14(NASB) yet I have not turned back to Him who struck me, nor have I sought the LORD of hosts. Isaiah 9:13(NASB)

When some have been overthrown as Sodom and Gomorrah were, I have been like a firebrand snatched from the blaze; yet I have not returned to You, O LORD. Amos 4:11(NASB) Your hand has been lifted up, yet I have not seen it. Isaiah 26:11(NASB)

The more vows and promises I have made of better obedience, the greater has my sin been.

I have not fulfilled the words of the covenant which I have made before You; Jeremiah 34:18(NASB) but being treacherous, I have dealt treacherously. Isaiah 24:16(NASB)

Did I not say, “I would not transgress, Jeremiah 2:20(KJV) I would not offend anymore?” Job 34:31(NASB) I did, and yet I have returned with the dog to its own vomit; 2 Peter 2:22(NASB) I have turned back to folly after God has spoken peace. Psalm 85:8(NASB)

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