Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Understand the Condemning Nature of your Sin

Confession 2.18 | NASB

I must judge and condemn myself for my sins, and own myself liable to punishment.

Now, my God, what shall I say after this? For I have forsaken Your commandments. Ezra 9:10(NASB) I have sinned; what have I done to You, O watcher of men? Job 7:20(NASB)

I know that the law curses everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them; Galatians 3:10(NASB) that the wages of every sin is death; Romans 6:23(NASB) and that for these things’ sake the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 5:6(NASB)

I am accountable to God; Romans 3:19(NASB) the Scripture has shut me up under sin; Galatians 3:22(NASB) and therefore, You might justly be angry with me to the point of destruction, until I should not be of Your remnant, nor able to escape. Ezra 9:14(NASB)

If You should make justice the measuring line and righteousness the level, Isaiah 28:17(NASB) You might justly separate me to all evil, according to every curse of the covenant, and blot out my name from under heaven. Deuteronomy 29:20(NASB)

You might justly swear in Your anger that I should never enter into Your rest; Psalm 95:11(NASB) might justly strip me naked and bare, Hosea 2:3(NASB) and take back my grain in its season, Hosea 2:9(NASB) and put into my hands the chalice of reeling, and make me drink even the dregs of that cup. Isaiah 51:17(NASB)

You are just in whatever You are pleased to lay upon me; for You have dealt faithfully, but I have acted wickedly. Nehemiah 9:33(NASB) Indeed, my God has requited me less than my iniquities deserve. Ezra 9:13(NASB)

You therefore will be justified when You speak and blameless when You judge; Psalm 51:4(NASB) and I will accept of the punishment of my iniquity, Leviticus 26:43(KJV) and humble myself under Your mighty hand, 1 Peter 5:6(NASB) and say, “The LORD is righteous.” 2 Chronicles 12:6(NASB)

Why should any living mortal, or any man, offer complaint in view of his sins? Lamentation 3:39(NASB) No, I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against Him. Micah 7:9(NASB)

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