Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Introduction to Petition

Petition 3.0 | KJV

Of the Third Part of Prayer, which is Petition and Supplication for the Good Things which I Stand in Need of.

Having opened the wounds of sin, both the guilt of it and the power of it, and its remainders in us, we must next seek unto God for the remedy, for healing and help, for from him alone it is to be expected, and this also he will let us ask him to do for us. Ezekiel 36:37(KJV) And now we must affect our hearts with a deep sense of the need we have of those mercies which we pray for, that we are undone, forever undone, without them; and, with a high esteem and value for them, that we are happy, we are made forever, if we obtain them; that we may like Jacob wrestle with him in prayer, as for our lives and the lives of our souls. But we must not think in our prayers to prescribe to him or by our importunity to move him. He knows us better than we know ourselves and knows what he will do. John 6:6(KJV) But thus, we open our wants and desires, and then refer ourselves to his wisdom and goodness; and hereby we give honor to him as our Protector and Benefactor, and take the way which he himself has appointed, of fetching in mercy from him, and by faith plead his promise with him: And if we are sincere in this, we are, through his grace, qualified according to the tenor of the new covenant to receive his favors, and are to be assured that we do and shall receive them. Mark 11:24(KJV)

And now, Lord, what wait I for? truly my hope is even in thee. Deliver me from all my transgressions, that I may no more be the reproach of the foolish. Psalm 39:7-8(KJV)

Lord, all my desire is before thee, and my groaning is not hid from thee, Psalm 38:9(KJV) even the groanings which cannot be uttered, for, he that searcheth the heart knows what is the mind of the Spirit. Romans 8:26-27(KJV)

I do not think that I shall be heard for my much speaking, for my Father knows what things I have need of before I ask him; Matthew 6:7-8(KJV) but my Master hath told me that whatsoever I ask the Father in his name, he will give it me. And he hath said, Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:23-24(KJV)

And this is the confidence that I have in him, that if I ask any thing according to his will, he heareth me; and if I know that he hears me, whatsoever I ask, I know that I have the petitions I desired of him. 1 John 5:14-15(KJV)

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