Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Plead with God His Goodness and Readiness to Forgive Sin

Petition 3.2 | ESV

For the encouraging of our faith and the exciting of our fervency in this petition for the pardon of sin, we may plead with God:

The infinite goodness of his nature, his readiness to forgive sin, and his glorying in it.

You, Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Psalm 86:5(ESV) You are a God gracious and full of compassion, longsuffering and plenteous in mercy and truth. Psalm 86:15(KJV)

You are a God ready to forgive, merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, Nehemiah 9:17(ESV) who does not always chide nor keep his anger forever. Psalm 103:9(ESV)

You, you are he who blots out my transgressions for your own sake, and will not remember my sins, which I am here to put you in remembrance of and to declare, in order to plead for mercy in Christ. Isaiah 43:25-26(KJV)

And now, please let the power of the Lord be great as you have promised, saying, “The LORD is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression.” Please pardon my iniquity and the iniquity of your people, according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have forgiven us even until now. Numbers 14:17-19(ESV)

For who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of your inheritance? You do not retain your anger forever, because you delight in steadfast love. O that you would have compassion upon me and tread my iniquities underfoot and cast all my sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:18-19(ESV)

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