Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Thank God for His Grace to your Soul and for Design

Thanksgiving 4.10 | KJV

The goodness of his grace relating to my soul and the life that is to come.

But especially blessed be the God and Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly things in Christ. Ephesians 1:3(KJV)

1st, I must give God thanks for his kindnesses to the children of men, relating to their better part and their future state and his favours to the church in general.

I must give thanks for his gracious design and contrivance of man’s redemption and salvation, when he was lost and undone by sin.

O how wonderfully did the kindness and love of God my Saviour towards man appear, not by any works of righteousness which I have done, but according to his mercy he saved me: Titus 3:4-5(KJV) I had destroyed myself, but in thee, and thee only, was my help. Hosea 13:9 (KJV)

When I was cast out in the open field, and no eye pitied me, thou sawest me polluted in my own blood, and thou saidest unto me, Live; yea, thou saidest unto me, Live; Ezekiel 16:5-6(KJV) and the time was a time of love. Ezekiel 16:8(KJV)

When the redemption of the soul was so precious, as that it must have ceased for ever, and no man could by any means redeem his brother or give to God a ransom for him, Psalm 49:7-8(KJV) then thou wast pleased to find a ransom, that I might be delivered from going down to the pit. Job 33:24(KJV)

When I must needs die, and was as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again, then didst thou devise means that the banished might not be for ever expelled from thee. 2 Samuel 14:14(KJV)

When thou sparedst not the angels that sinned, but didst cast them down to hell; 2 Peter 2:4(KJV) thou saidst concerning the rage of mankind, Destroy it not for a blessing is in it. Isaiah 65:8(KJV) appears the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world for his people’s glory. 1 Corinthians 2:7(KJV)

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