Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Thank God for His Grace to your Soul and for Design

Thanksgiving 4.10 | NASB

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 has blessed me with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 1:3(NASB)

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 favors 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 of God my Savior and His love for mankind appear! He saved me, not on the basis of deeds which I had done in righteousness, but according to His mercy: Titus 3:4-5(NASB) I had destroyed myself, but You, You only, were my help. Hosea 13:9(NASB)

When I was thrown out into the open field, and no eye looked with pity on me, You saw me squirming in my blood, and You said to me, “Live!” Yes, You said to me, “Live!” Ezekiel 16:5-6(NASB) And the time was a time for love. Ezekiel 16:8(NASB)

When the redemption of the soul was so costly that men should cease trying forever, and no man could by any means redeem his brother or give to God a ransom for him, Psalm 49:7-8(NASB) then You were pleased to find a ransom, that I might be delivered from going down to the pit. Job 33:24(NASB)

When I would surely die and was like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again, then did You plan ways so that the banished one might not be forever cast out from You. 2 Samuel 14:14(NASB)

When You did not spare the angels that sinned, but cast them into hell, 2 Peter 2:4(NASB) You said concerning the rage of mankind, “Do not destroy it, for there is benefit in it.” Isaiah 65:8(NASB) appears the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to His people’s glory. 1 Corinthians 2:7(NASB)

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