Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Confess and Bewail your Original Corruption

Confession 2.2 | KJV

I must therefore confess and bewail my original corruption in the first place, that I was the child of apostate and rebellious parents, and the nature of man is depraved and wretchedly degenerated from its primitive purity and rectitude, and my nature is so.

Lord, thou madest man upright, but they have sought out many inventions; Ecclesiastes 7:29(KJV) and being in honour did not understand, and therefore abode not, but became like the beasts that perish. Psalm 49:20(KJV)

By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:12(KJV) By that one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, and I among the rest. Romans 5:19(KJV)

I am a seed of evil-doers; Isaiah 1:4(KJV) my father was an Amorite and my mother a Hittite, Ezekiel 16:3(KJV) and I myself was called (and not miscalled) a transgressor from the womb, and thou knewest I would deal very treacherously. Isaiah 48:8(KJV)

The nature of man was planted a choice and noble vine, wholly a right seed, but it is become the degenerate plant of a strange vine, Jeremiah 2:21(KJV) producing the grapes of Sodom and the clusters of Gomorrah. Deuteronomy 32:32(KJV) How is the gold become dim, and the most fine gold changed! Lamentations 4:1(KJV)

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalm 51:5(KJV) For, who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one. Job 14:4(KJV) I am by nature a child of wrath, because a child of disobedience, even as others. Ephesians 2:2-3(KJV)

All flesh hath corrupted their way, Genesis 6:12(KJV) we are all gone aside, we are altogether become filthy, there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Psalm 14:3(KJV)

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