Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Thank God for His Grace to your Soul and for Design

Thanksgiving 4.10 | NIV

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

But especially praise be to the God and Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed me in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3(NIV)

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 and love of God my Savior appear! He saved me, not because of righteous things I had done, but because of his mercy: Titus 3:4-5(NIV) I had destroyed myself, but you, you only, are my helper. Hosea 13:9(NIV)

When I was thrown out into the open field, and no one looked on me with pity, you saw me kicking about in my blood, and you said to me, “Live!” Yes, you said to me, “Live!” Ezekiel 16:5-6(NIV) And the time was a time of love. Ezekiel 16:8(NIV)

When the ransom for a life was costly, so that no payment would ever be enough, and no man could redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him, Psalm 49:7-8(NIV) then you were pleased to find a ransom, that I, with your people, might be spared from going down to the pit. Job 33:24(NIV)

When I had to die, and was like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, then did you devise ways so that the banished person might not remain forever estranged from you. 2 Samuel 14:14(NIV)

When you did not spare the angels who sinned, but sent them to hell, 2 Peter 2:4(NIV) you said concerning the rage of mankind, “Don’t destroy it, there is yet some good in it.” Isaiah 65:8(NIV) Herein appears God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for his people’s glory before time began. 1 Corinthians 2:7(NIV)

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