Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Lament and Confess the Corruption of your Entire Being

Confession 2.5 | KJV

The corruption of the whole man: Irregular appetites towards those things that are pleasing to sense, and inordinate passions against those things that are displeasing, and an alienation of the mind from the principles, powers, and pleasures of the spiritual and divine life.

I am born of the flesh, and I am flesh. John 3:6(KJV) Dust I am: Genesis 3:19(KJV) I have borne the image of the earthy; 1 Corinthians 15:49(KJV) and in me, that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing. For if to will is present to me, yet how to perform that which is good, I find not; for the good which I would do, I do it not; and the evil which I would not do, that I do. Romans 7:18-19(KJV)

I have a law in my members warring against the law of my mind and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin that is in my members; Romans 7:23(KJV) so that when I would do good, evil is present with me, Romans 7:21(KJV) and most easily besets me. Hebrews 12:1(KJV)

The whole head is sick, the whole heart is faint; from the sole of the foot, even unto the head, there is no soundness in me, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores. Isaiah 1:5-6(KJV)

There is in me a bent to backslide from the living God: Hosea 11:7(KJV) My heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9(KJV) It starts aside like a broken bow. Hosea 7:16(KJV)

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