Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Give Glory to God for His Patience and Willingness to be Reconciled

Confession 2.19 | ESV

We must give to God the glory of his patience and long-suffering towards us and his willingness to be reconciled.

O the riches of the patience and forbearance of God! Romans 2:4(ESV) How patient he is toward me, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9(ESV)

You have not dealt with me according to my sins, nor repaid me according to my iniquities, Psalm 103:10(ESV) but you wait to be gracious to me. Isaiah 30:18(ESV)

Sentence against my evil deeds has not been executed speedily, Ecclesiastes 8:11(ESV) but you have given me time to repent and make my peace with you, Revelation 2:21(ESV) and call even a faithless son such as myself to return to you, and have promised to heal my faithlessness; and therefore, behold, I come to you, for you are the LORD my God. Jeremiah 3:22(ESV)

Surely the patience of my Lord is counted as salvation; 2 Peter 3:15(ESV) and if the LORD had meant to kill me, he would not now have shown me such things as these. Judges 13:23(ESV)

And O that this kindness of God might lead me to repentance! Romans 2:4(ESV) For though I have broken faith with my God, yet now there is hope for me in Israel in spite of this. Ezra 10:2(ESV)

You have said it and have confirmed it with an oath, that you have no pleasure in the death of sinners like me, but rather desire that I should turn and live. Ezekiel 33:11(ESV) Therefore will I rend my heart, and not my garment, and return to the LORD my God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him? Joel 2:13-14(ESV)

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