Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

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

Thanksgiving 4.1 | NIV

I must be particular in my thanksgivings to God,

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

I give thanks to the God of gods, to the Lord of lords, for his love endures forever. Psalm 136:2-3(NIV)

Your goodness is your glory, Exodus 33:19(NIV) and it is for that which all you have made praises you, and your saints extol you. Psalm 145:10(NIV)

You are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love, Psalm 145:8(NIV) and have told your people that you do not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men, but, though you bring grief, yet you will show compassion, so great is your unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32-33(NIV)

You delight in those who fear you, who put their hope in your unfailing love. Psalm 147:11(NIV)

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.

You have stretched out the heavens like a tent, Psalm 104:2(NIV) and in them you have pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. Psalm 19:4-5(NIV) And you cause your sun to rise on the evil and the good, and send rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:45(NIV)

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the sun, the moon, and the stars, which you have set in place, Lord, what is man that you are mindful of him? Psalm 8:3-4(NIV) For truly the light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun: Ecclesiastes 11:7(NIV) All glory be to the Father of the heavenly light, James 1:17(NIV) who gives orders to the morning and shows the dawn its place. Job 38:12(NIV)

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