Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Plead with God His Goodness and Readiness to Forgive Sin

Petition 3.2 | NIV

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 are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5(NIV) You are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15(NIV)

You are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love; Nehemiah 9:17(NIV) you do not always accuse, nor will you harbor your anger forever. Psalm 103:9(NIV)

You, even you, are he who blots out my transgressions, for your own sake, and remembers my sins no more. I am here to review the past for you, to argue the matter together, and to state the case for my innocence in Christ, Isaiah 43:25-26(NIV) who has taken my judgment.

And now, I plead with you, let the Lord’s strength be displayed, just as you have declared: “The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion.” In accordance with your great love, forgive my sin and the sin of your people, just as you have pardoned us even until now. Numbers 14:17-19(NIV)

For who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of your inheritance? Who does not stay angry forever but delights to show mercy? O that you would have compassion on us and tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:18-19(NIV)

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