Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Be Particular in your Thanks to God, Marvel at His Good Nature and Kind Providence

Thanksgiving 4.1 | KJV

I must be particular in my thanksgivings to God,

For the discoveries which he hath made to me in his word of the goodness of his nature.

I give thanks unto the God of gods, unto the Lord of lords, for his mercy endures for ever. Psalm 136:2-3(KJV)

Thy goodness is thy glory, Exodus 33:19(KJV) and it is for that which all thy works do praise thee, and thy saints do bless thee. Psalm 145:10(KJV)

Thou art gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy, Psalm 145:8(KJV) and hast told me that thou dost not afflict willingly or grieve the children of men, but, though thou cause grief, yet thou wilt have compassion according to the multitude of thy mercies. Lamentations 3:32-33(KJV)

Thou takest pleasure in them that fear thee, in them that hope in thy mercy. Psalm 147:11(KJV)

For the many instances of his goodness.

The goodness of his providence relating to my body and the life that now is; and this,

1st, With reference to all the creatures and the world of mankind in general.

Thou hast stretched out the heavens like a curtain, Psalm 104:2(KJV) and in them thou hast set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. Psalm 19:4-5(KJV) And thou causest thy sun to shine on the evil and on the good, and sendest rain on the just and on the unjust. Matthew 5:45(KJV)

When I consider the heavens, the work of thy fingers, the sun, the moon, and the stars which thou hast ordained, Lord, what is man that thou thus visitest him? Psalm 8:3-4(KJV) For truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: Ecclesiastes 11:7(KJV) All the glory be to the Father of light, James 1:17(KJV) who commandeth the morning and causeth the day-spring to know his place. Job 38:12(KJV)

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