Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Bewail your Many Actual Transgressions, Especially your Pride

Confession 2.7 | KJV

I must likewise bewail my many actual transgressions, in thought, word, and deed.

I have sinned, Father, against heaven and before thee: Luke 15:18(KJV) All have sinned and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23(KJV) for the God in whose hand my breath is, and whose are all my ways, have I not glorified. Daniel 5:23(KJV)

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned and have done much evil in thy sight; Psalm 51:4(KJV) neither have I obeyed the voice of the Lord my God, to walk in his laws which he hath set before me, Daniel 9:10(KJV) though they are holy, just, and good. Romans 7:12(KJV)

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Psalm 19:12(KJV)

In many things I offend, James 3:2(KJV) and my iniquities are more than the hairs of my head. Psalm 40:12(KJV)

As a fountain casteth out her waters, so does my heart cast out wickedness; Jeremiah 6:7(KJV) and this hath been my manner from my youth up, that I have not obeyed thy voice. Jeremiah 22:21(KJV)

Out of the evil treasure of my heart, I have brought forth many evil things. Matthew 12:35(KJV)

I must confess and bewail the workings of pride in me.

I have all reason to be humbled for the pride of my heart, 2 Chronicles 32:26(KJV) that I have thought of myself above what hath been meet, and have not thought soberly, Romans 12:3(KJV) nor walked humbly with my God. Micah 6:8(KJV)

I have leaned to my own understanding, Proverbs 3:5(KJV) and trusted in my own heart, Proverbs 28:26(KJV) and have sacrificed to my own net. Habakkuk 1:16(KJV)

I have sought my own glory more than the glory of him that sent me, John 7:18(KJV) and have been puffed up with that for which I should have mourned. 1 Corinthians 5:2(KJV)

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