Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Confession | 2.9 | Bewail your False Security, Fretfulness, and Impatience | KJV

My security and unmindfulness of the changes I am liable to in this world.

I have put far from me the evil day; Amos 6:3(KJV) and in my prosperity have said, I shall never be moved, Psalm 30:6(KJV) as if tomorrow must needs be as this day, and much more abundant. Isaiah 56:12(KJV)

I have encouraged my soul to take its ease, to eat and drink and be merry, as if I had goods laid up for many years, when perhaps this night my soul may be required of me. Luke 12:19-20(KJV)

I have been ready to trust in uncertain riches, more than in the living God; 1 Timothy 6:17(KJV) to say to the gold, Thou art my hope, and to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence. Job 31:24(KJV)

My fretfulness and impatience and murmuring under my afflictions, my inordinate dejection and distrust of God and his providence.

When thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, I have been as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke; Jeremiah 31:18(KJV) and though my own foolishness hath perverted my way, yet my heart hath fretted against the Lord; Proverbs 19:3(KJV) and thus, in my distress I have trespassed yet more against the Lord. 2 Chronicles 28:22(KJV)

I have either despised the chastening of the Lord or fainted when I have been rebuked of him; Proverbs 3:11(KJV) and if I faint in the day of adversity, my strength is small. Proverbs 24:10(KJV)

I have said in my haste, I am cast off from before thine eyes; Psalm 31:22(KJV) and that the Lord hath forsaken me, my God hath forgotten me; Isaiah 49:14(KJV) as if God would be favourable no more; Psalm 77:7(KJV) as if he had forgotten to be gracious and had in anger shut up his tender mercies. This has been my infirmity. Psalm 77:9-10(KJV)

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