Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Pray for the Fear of God and for the Love of God to be Rooted in you

Petition 3.20 | ESV

We must pray for the fear of God.

Lord, work in me that fear of you, which is the beginning of wisdom, Psalm 111:10(ESV) which is instruction in wisdom, Proverbs 15:33(ESV) and which is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27(ESV)

Unite my heart to fear your name, Psalm 86:11(ESV) that I may keep your commandments, which is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13(ESV)

O put the fear of you in my heart, that I may not turn from you. Jeremiah 32:40(ESV) Let me be devoted to your fear; Psalm 119:38(KJV) and let me continue in the fear of the LORD everyday and all the day. Proverbs 23:17(ESV)

We must pray that the love of God and Christ may be rooted in us and, in order to that end, that the love of the world may be rooted out of us.

Give me grace, I beg you, to love you, the Lord my God, with all my heart and soul and mind and strength, Mark 12:30(ESV) which is the great and first commandment; Matthew 22:37-38(ESV) to hold fast to you in love; Psalm 91:14(ESV) and to delight myself always in you; and therein I shall have the desires of my heart. Psalm 37:4(ESV)

Circumcise my heart to love you, the LORD my God, with all my heart and with all my soul, that I may live. Deuteronomy 30:6(ESV)

O that God’s love may be poured into my heart through the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:5(ESV)

O that Jesus Christ may be very precious to me, as he is to all who believe; 1 Peter 2:7(KJV) that he may be in my account distinguished among ten thousand, Song of Solomon 5:10(ESV) and altogether desirable; and that he may be my beloved and my friend: Song of Solomon 5:16(ESV) That though I have not seen him, yet I may love him; and though I do not now see him, yet I may believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory. 1 Peter 1:8(ESV)

Let the love of Christ to me control me to live, not to myself, but to him who for my sake died and was raised. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15(ESV)

And, Lord, grant that I may not love the world or the things in the world, because if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; 1 John 2:15(ESV) that I may set my mind on things above, and not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2(ESV)

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