Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Pray for God’s Grace to Fortify you Against Everything Evil

Petition 3.11 | NIV

I must pray for the grace of God, and all the kind and powerful influences and operations of that grace.

I approach the throne of grace, so that I may receive not only mercy to pardon, but grace to help in every time of need: Hebrews 4:16(NIV) grace for seasonable help.

From the fullness that is in Jesus Christ (in whom it pleased the Father that all his fullness should dwell), Colossians 1:19(NIV) let me receive one blessing after another. John 1:16(NIV)

I must pray for grace to fortify myself against every evil thought, word, and work. Having been earnest for the removing of the guilt of sin, that I may not die for it as a crime, I must be no less earnest for the breaking of the power of sin, that I may not die by it as a disease, but that it may be mortified in me.

O let no sin be my master, because I am not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14(NIV)

Let the sinful nature be crucified in me, with its passions and desires; Galatians 5:24(NIV) that living by the Spirit, I may not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Galatians 5:16(NIV)

Let my old self be crucified with Christ so that the body of sin may be done away with, that henceforth I may not serve sin. Romans 6:6(NIV) And do not let sin reign in my mortal body (in my immortal soul) so that I should obey its evil desires, Romans 6:12(NIV) but being set free from sin, let me become a slave to righteousness. Romans 6:18(NIV)

Through Christ Jesus, let the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2(NIV)

Give me grace to put off the old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires, Ephesians 4:22(NIV) that I may put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:24(NIV)

Let the world be crucified to me, and I to the world, through the cross of Christ. Galatians 6:14(NIV)

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