Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Humbly Profess your Sorrow and Shame for Sin

Confession 2.20 | NIV

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 near, Matthew 3:2(NIV) to which you have exalted your Son, Christ Jesus, to give repentance and forgiveness of sins. Acts 5:31(NIV)

My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes; Job 42:5-6(NIV) therefore will I be like a dove of the valley, moaning because of my sins. Ezekiel 7:16(NIV)

Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night for my transgressions, Jeremiah 9:1(NIV) and might in such a manner sow in those tears as that at last I may reap in joy; may now go forth weeping, carrying seed to sow, and may in due time return with songs of joy, carrying in my sheaves with me. Psalm 126:5-6(NIV)

My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear; Psalm 38:4(NIV) but weary and burdened, I come to Christ, who has promised me that in him I shall find rest for my soul. Matthew 11:28(NIV)

O knowing the afflictions of my own heart, 1 Kings 8:38(NIV) may I look on him whom I have pierced, and may I mourn and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. Zechariah 12:10(NIV) That I may sorrow with godly sorrow, which brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret; 2 Corinthians 7:10(NIV) and that I may remember and be ashamed and never again open my mouth because of my humiliation, when you make atonement for me. Ezekiel 16:63(NIV)

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

I have strayed like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands. Psalm 119:176(NIV)

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