Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Plead with God His Goodness and Readiness to Forgive Sin

Petition 3.2 | KJV

For the encouraging of my faith and the exciting of my fervency in this petition for the pardon of sin, I may plead with God,

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

Thou, Lord, art good and ready to forgive and rich in mercy to all them that call upon thee. Psalm 86:5(KJV) Thou art a God full of compassion and gracious, long-suffering and plenteous in mercy and truth. Psalm 86:15(KJV)

Thou art a God of pardon, merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, Nehemiah 9:17(KJV) that dost not always chide nor keep thine anger for ever. Psalm 103:9(KJV)

Thou, even thou, art he that blottest out my transgressions for thine own sake, and wilt not remember my sins, which I am here to put thee in remembrance of, to plead with thee, and to declare, that I may be justified. Isaiah 43:25-26(KJV)

And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying, The Lord is long-suffering and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression. Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of thy people according unto the greatness of thy mercy: and as thou hast forgiven even until now. Numbers 14:17-19(KJV)

For who is a God like unto thee, that pardonest iniquity and passest by the transgression of the remnant of thine heritage? Who retainest not thine anger for ever, because thou delightest in mercy? O that thou wouldest have compassion upon me and subdue my iniquities and cast all my sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:18-19(KJV)

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