Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Introduction to Petition

Petition 3.0 | NIV

Of the Third Part of Prayer, which is Petition and Supplication for the Good Things that 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 me, I 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 me ask him to do for me. Ezekiel 36:37(NIV) And now I must affect my heart with a deep sense of the need I have of those mercies which I pray for, that I am undone, forever undone, without them; and, with a high esteem and value for them, that I am happy, I am made forever, if I obtain them; that I may like Jacob wrestle with him in prayer, as for my life and the life of my soul. But I must not think in my prayers to prescribe to him or by my importunity to move him. He knows me better than I know myself and knows what he will do. John 6:6(NIV) But thus, I open my wants and desires, and then refer myself to his wisdom and goodness; and hereby I give honor to him as my 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 I am sincere in this, I am, through his grace, qualified according to the tenor of the new covenant to receive his favors, and am to be assured that I do and shall receive them. Mark 11:24(NIV)

But now, Lord, what do I look for? Truly my hope is in you. Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools. Psalm 39:7-8(NIV)

All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; and my sighing is not hidden from you, Psalm 38:9(NIV) even the sighs and groans that words cannot express; for, he who searches my heart knows the mind of the Spirit. Romans 8:26-27(NIV)

I do not think that I will be heard because of my many words, for my Father knows what I need before I ask him; Matthew 6:7-8(NIV) but my Master has told me that whatever I ask the Father in his name, he will give it to me. And he has said, “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” John 16:23-24(NIV)

This is the confidence I have in approaching God: that if I ask anything according to his will, he hears me. And if I know that he hears me – whatever I ask – I know that I have what I asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15(NIV)

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