Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Humbly Profess your Sorrow and Shame for Sin

Confession 2.20 | NASB

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(NASB) to which You have exalted Your Son Christ Jesus, to grant repentance and forgiveness of sins. Acts 5:31(NASB)

I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eyes see You; therefore I retract and repent in dust and ashes; Job 42:5-6(NASB) therefore will I be like a dove of the valley, mourning over my own iniquities. Ezekiel 7:16(NASB)

Oh that my head were waters and my eyes fountains of tears, that I might weep day and night for my transgressions, Jeremiah 9:1(NASB) and might in such a manner sow in those tears as that at last I may reap with joyful shouting; may now go to and fro weeping, carrying my bag of seed, and may in due time come again with a shout of joy, bringing in my sheaves with me. Psalm 126:5-6(NASB)

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

O knowing the affliction of my own heart, 1 Kings 8:38(NASB) may I look on Him whom I have pierced and may I mourn for Him and weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. Zechariah 12:10(NASB) That I may have the sorrow that is according to the will of God, that sorrow which produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation; 2 Corinthians 7:10(NASB) and that I may remember and be ashamed and never open my mouth anymore because of my humiliation, when You have forgiven me. Ezekiel 16:63(NASB)

And, O that I may bear fruit in keeping with repentance! Matthew 3:8(NASB) and may never again turn back to folly; Psalm 85:8(NASB) for what more have I to do with idols? Hosea 14:8(NASB) Sin shall not be master over me, for I am not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14(NASB)

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

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