Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

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

Confession 2.19 | NIV

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

O the riches of the patience and forbearance of God! Romans 2:4(NIV) How patient he is with me, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9(NIV)

You have not treated me as my sins deserve or repaid me according to my iniquities, Psalm 103:10(NIV) but you rather long to be gracious to me. Isaiah 30:18(NIV)

The sentence for my crimes against you has not been quickly carried out, Ecclesiastes 8:11(NIV) but you have given me time to repent and make my peace with you, Revelation 2:21(NIV) and call even faithless people, such as myself, to return to you, having promised to cure me of backsliding; and therefore, behold, I come to you, for you are the LORD my God. Jeremiah 3:22(NIV)

Surely the Lord’s patience means salvation; 2 Peter 3:15(NIV) and if the Lord had meant to kill me, he would not now have shown me all these things. Judges 13:23(NIV)

And O that this kindness of God might lead me toward repentance! Romans 2:4(NIV) For though I have been unfaithful to my God, yet in spite of this there is still hope for me in Israel. Ezra 10:2(NIV)

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(NIV) Therefore will I rend my heart, and not my garment, and return to the LORD my God; for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing. Joel 2:13-14(NIV)

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