Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Pray for a Tender Conscience and God-Wrought Love

Petition 3.21 | KJV

I must pray that my conscience may be always tender and that I may live a life of repentance.

Lord, take away the stony heart out of my flesh and give me a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 11:19(KJV)

Make me afraid of all appearances of evil, 1 Thessalonians 5:22(KJV) and careful not to give Satan advantage against me, as being not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11(KJV)

Lord, give me the happiness which they have that fear always, Psalm 128:1(KJV) that when I think I stand, I may take heed lest I fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12(KJV)

I must pray to God to work in me charity and brotherly love.

Lord, put upon me that charity which is the bond of perfectness, Colossians 3:14(KJV) that I may keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, Ephesians 4:3(KJV) and may live in love of peace, that the God of love and peace may be with me. 2 Corinthians 13:11(KJV)

Lord, give me to love my neighbour as myself with that love which is the fulfilling of the law; Romans 13:9-10(KJV) to love others with a pure heart fervently, 1 Peter 1:22(KJV) that hereby all men may know that I am Christ’s disciple. John 13:35(KJV)

And as your people are taught of God to love one another, give me to abound therein more and more; 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10(KJV) and as I have an opportunity, to do good to all men; Galatians 6:10(KJV) and as much as in me lies, to live peaceably with all men, Romans 12:18(KJV) always following after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith I may edify others. Romans 14:19(KJV)

Lord, make me able to love my enemies, to bless them that curse me, and to pray for them that despitefully use me, and to do good to them that hate me; Matthew 5:44(KJV) forbearing others and forgiving others in love, as Christ forgave me. Colossians 3:13(KJV)

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