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 | NIV

I must pray for the fear of God.

Lord, work in me that fear of you, which is the beginning of wisdom, Psalm 111:10(NIV) which teaches a man wisdom, Proverbs 15:33(NIV) and which is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27(NIV)

Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name; Psalm 86:11(NIV) that I may keep your commandments, which is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13(NIV)

O inspire me to fear you, so that I may never turn away from you. Jeremiah 32:40(NIV) Let me be devoted to your fear; Psalm 119:38(KJV) and let me always be zealous for the fear of the LORD. Proverbs 23:17(NIV)

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

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(NIV) which is the first and greatest commandment; Matthew 22:37-38(NIV) to set my love upon you; Psalm 91:14(NIV) and to delight myself always in you; and therein I shall have the desires of my heart. Psalm 37:4(NIV)

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(NIV)

O that God may pour out his love into my heart by the Holy Spirit! Romans 5:5(NIV)

O that Jesus Christ may be very precious to me, as he is to all who believe; 1 Peter 2:7(NIV) that he may be in my account outstanding among ten thousand, Song of Solomon 5:10(NIV) and altogether lovely; and that he may be my lover and my friend: Song of Solomon 5:16(NIV) That though I have not seen him, yet I may love him; and even though I do not see him now, I may believe in him and be filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. 1 Peter 1:89NIV)

Let Christ’s love for me constrain me to live no longer for myself, but for him who died for me and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15(NIV)

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

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