Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Plead with God His Goodness and Readiness to Forgive Sin

Petition 3.2 | NASB

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.

You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You. Psalm 86:5(NASB) You are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in covenant love and truth. Psalm 86:15(NASB)

You are a God of forgiveness, gracious and compassionate, Nehemiah 9:17(NASB) who does not always strive with me nor keep His anger forever. Psalm 103:9(NASB)

You, even You, are the one who wipes 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, I pray, let the power of the Lord be great, just as You have declared, saying, “The LORD is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression.” Pardon, I pray, my iniquity and the iniquity of Your people, according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You have forgiven us even until now. Numbers 14:17-19(NASB)

For who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of Your possession? You do not retain Your anger forever, because You delight in unchanging love. O that You would have compassion on me and tread my iniquities under foot and cast all my sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:18-19(NASB)

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