Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Lament and Confess the Corruption of your Entire Being

Confession 2.5 | NIV

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; I am flesh. John 3:6(NIV) Dust I am: Genesis 3:19(NIV) I have borne the likeness of the earthly man; 1 Corinthians 15:49(NIV) and nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out; for what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing. Romans 7:18-19(NIV)

I have a law at work within the members of my body waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members; Romans 7:23(NIV) so that when I want to do good, evil is right there with me, Romans 7:21(NIV) and most easily entangles me. Hebrews 12:1(NIV)

My whole head is injured, my whole heart afflicted; from the sole of my foot to the top of my head there is no soundness – only wounds and welts and open sores. Isaiah 1:5-6(NIV)

There is in me a determination to turn from the living God: Hosea 11:7(NIV) My heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9(NIV) It starts aside like a faulty bow. Hosea 7:16(NIV)

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