Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Earnestly Pray for the Forgiveness of your Sins

Petition 3.1 | ESV

We must earnestly pray for the pardon and forgiveness of all our sins.

Lord, I come to you, as the poor tax collector that stood far off and would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast; and I pray his prayer, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” Luke 18:13(ESV) The God of infinite mercy be merciful to me!

O wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin; for I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Psalm 51:2-3(ESV) O purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow; Psalm 51:7(ESV) hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Psalm 51:9(ESV)

Be merciful toward my iniquities, and remember my sins no more. Hebrews 8:12(ESV) O forgive me that great debt. Matthew 18:32(ESV)

Let me be justified by your grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Jesus, Romans 3:24(ESV) from everything from which I could not be justified by the law of Moses. Acts 13:39(ESV)

O let not my iniquity be my ruin; Ezekiel 18:30(ESV) but let the Lord take away my sin, that I may not die, 2 Samuel 12:13(ESV) not die eternally; that I may not be hurt by the second death. Revelation 2:11(ESV)

Blot out my transgressions like a cloud and my sins like mist; for I return to you, because you have redeemed me. Isaiah 44:22(ESV)

Enter not into judgment with your servant, O Lord, for no one living is righteous before you. Psalm 143:2(ESV)

Take away all iniquity, accept what is good, heal my apostasy, and love me freely; let your anger be turned away from me, for in you the orphan finds mercy. Hosea 14:2-4(ESV)

Though my sins have been like scarlet, let them be as white as snow; and though they have been red like crimson, let them be like wool; that being willing and obedient, I may eat the good of the land. Isaiah 1:18-19(ESV)

I will say to God, “Do not condemn me, Job 10:2(ESV) but deliver me from going down into the pit, for you have found the ransom.” Job 33:24(ESV)

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