Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Pray for a Tender Conscience and God-Wrought Love

Petition 3.21 | NIV

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

Lord, remove from me my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 11:19(NIV)

Make me afraid of every kind of evil, 1 Thessalonians 5:22(NIV) and careful not to be outwitted by Satan, since I am not unaware of his schemes. 2 Corinthians 2:11(NIV)

Lord, give me the happiness which they have who fear you always; Psalm 128:1(NIV) that when I think I am standing firm, I may be careful that I don’t fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12(NIV)

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

Lord, put on me that love which binds all virtues together in perfect unity, Colossians 3:14(NIV) that I may keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace, Ephesians 4:3(NIV) and may live in the love of peace, that the God of love and peace may be with me. 2 Corinthians 13:11(NIV)

Lord, give me to love my neighbor as myself with that love which is the fulfillment of the law; Romans 13:9-10(NIV) to love others deeply, from a pure heart, 1 Peter 1:22(NIV) that by this all men may know that I am one of Christ’s disciples. John 13:35(NIV)

And as I have been taught by God to love others, give me to abound therein more and more; 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10(NIV) and as I have opportunity, to do good to all people; Galatians 6:10(NIV) and as far as it depends on me, to live at peace with everyone, Romans 12:18(NIV) always making every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Romans 14:19(NIV)

Lord, make me able to love my enemies, to bless those who curse me, to pray for those who persecute me, and to do good to those who hate me; Matthew 5:44(KJV) bearing with others and forgiving others in love, as the Lord has forgiven me. Colossians 3:13(NIV)

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