Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Introduction and Exhortation to Stir Yourself Up to Praise God

Thanksgiving 4.0 | NASB

Of the Fourth Part of Prayer, which is Thanksgivings for the Mercies I have Received from God and the Many Favors of His I am Interested in and Have and Hope for Benefit by

My errand at the throne of grace is not only to seek the favor of God, but to ascribe to Him the glory due to His name, Psalm 29:2(NASB)  and that, not only by an awful adoration of His infinite perfections, but by a grateful acknowledgment of His goodness to me, which cannot indeed add anything to His glory, but He is pleased to accept of it and to reckon Himself glorified by it, if it comes from a heart that is humbly sensible of its own unworthiness to receive any favor from God, that values the gifts and loves the Giver of them.

I must stir up myself to praise God with the consideration both of the reason and of the encouragement I have to praise Him.

I give thanks to You, O God, I give thanks, for Your name is near; I declare Your wondrous works. Psalm 75:1(NASB)

Let my soul bless the LORD, and let all that is within me, bless His holy name; yes, let my soul bless the LORD and forget none of His benefits. Psalm 103:1-2(NASB)

I will praise the LORD, for it is good, it is pleasant, Psalm 92:1(NASB) and praise is becoming to the upright; Psalm 33:1(NASB) yes, it is good to give thanks to the LORD and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night. Psalm 92:1-2(NASB)

I will extol You, my God, O King, and will bless Your name forever and ever: Every day I will bless You, and will praise Your name forever and ever; Psalm 145:1-2(NASB) I will eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness and shout joyfully of Your righteousness. Psalm 145:7(NASB)

I will sing to the LORD a new song, and His praise in the congregation of the godly ones. Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King. Psalm 149:1-2(NASB) Let the godly ones exult in glory, and let the high praises of God be in their hearts and in their mouths. Psalm 149:5-6(NASB)

I will bless the LORD while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being; Psalm 146:2(NASB) and when I have no being on earth, I hope to have a being in heaven, to be doing it better.

I am here through Jesus Christ to offer up a sacrifice of praise to You, which I desire to do continually, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to Your name. Hebrews 13:15(NASB) And You have said that He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors You, Psalm 50:23(NASB) and that this will please the LORD better than an ox or a young bull with horns and hoofs. Psalm 69:31(NASB)

I will make mention of the lovingkindness of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted me, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has granted them according to His compassion and according to the abundance of His lovingkindnesses. Isaiah 63:7(NASB)

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