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 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(NIV) 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(NIV) 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(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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