Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Pray for the Grace Needed to Die Well

Petition 3.37 | NIV

I must pray for grace to deliver me from death* and to carry me well through my dying moments.

Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life and that my days are a mere handbreadth; that each man’s life is but a breath, Psalm 39:4-5(NIV) and my days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. 1 Chronicles 29:15(NIV)

Lord, teach me to number my days aright, that I may gain a heart of wisdom, Psalm 90:12(NIV) and make me to discern what my end will be! Deuteronomy 32:29(NIV)

Lord, make me always ready, dressed ready for service with my lamp kept burning, Luke 12:35(NIV) because the Son of man will come at an hour when I do not expect him. Luke 12:40(NIV)

Keep me all the days of my hard service, waiting for my renewal to come; and then you will call, and I will answer. Job 14:14-15(NIV)

Bring me to the grave like a sheave gathered in season; Job 5:26(NIV) satisfy me with life, whether it be long or short, and show me your salvation. Psalm 91:16(NIV)

And when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, be with me, that I may fear no evil; let your rod and your staff comfort me. Psalm 23:4(NIV)

Let goodness and love follow me all the days of my life, and let me dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6(NIV) May kindness and faithfulness be with me. 2 Samuel 15:20(NIV)

Redeem my life from the grave, and take me to yourself; Psalm 49:15(NIV) guide me with your counsel, and afterward take me into glory. Psalm 73:24(NIV)

* We must all die (save those alive when the Lord comes), so the author directs us to ask for deliverance not from the inevitable fact of death, but from the fear and power of death. Editor.

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