Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Humbly Profess your Sorrow and Shame for Sin

Confession 2.20 | KJV

I must humbly profess my sorrow and shame for sin, and humbly engage myself in the strength of divine grace, that I will be better and do better for the future.

Lord, I repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, Matthew 3:2(KJV) to which thou hast exalted thy Son Christ Jesus, to give repentance and remission of sins. Acts 5:31(KJV)

I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now my eyes see thee; wherefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes; Job 42:5-6(KJV) therefore will I be like a dove of the valley, mourning for my iniquities. Ezekiel 7:16(KJV)

O that my head were waters, and my eyes fountains of tears, that I might weep day and night for my transgressions, Jeremiah 9:1(KJV) and might in such a manner sow in those tears as that at last I may reap in joy; may now go forth weeping, bearing precious seed, and may in due time come again with rejoicing, bringing in my sheaves with me. Psalm 126:5-6(KJV)

My iniquities are gone over my head; as a heavy burden they are too heavy for me; Psalm 38:4(KJV) but weary and heavy laden under this burden, I come to Christ, who has promised that in him I shall find rest to my soul. Matthew 11:28(KJV)

O knowing the plague of my own heart, 1 Kings 8:38(KJV) may I look unto him whom I have pierced, and may I mourn and be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for a first-born. Zechariah 12:10(KJV) That I may sorrow after a godly sort, with that sorrow which worketh repentance unto salvation, not to be repented of; 2 Corinthians 7:10(KJV) and that I may remember and be confounded and never open my mouth any more because of my shame, when thou art pacified toward me. Ezekiel 16:63(KJV)

And, O that I may bring forth fruits meet for repentance! Matthew 3:8(KJV) and may never return again to folly; Psalm 85:8(KJV) for what have I to do any more with idols? Hosea 14:8(KJV) Sin shall not have dominion over me, for I am not under the law but under grace. Romans 6:14(KJV)

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy commandments. Psalm 119:176(KJV)

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