Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Thank God for the Covenant of Grace

Thanksgiving 4.27 | NASB

For the covenant of grace made with me in Jesus Christ and all the exceedingly great and precious privileges of that covenant, and for the seals of it.

I thank You that in Jesus Christ You have made an everlasting covenant with me, according to the faithful mercies shown to David; Isaiah 55:3(NASB) and that though the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, yet this, Your covenant of peace, will not be shaken. Isaiah 54:10(NASB)

That You have granted to me precious and magnificent promises, so that by them I might become a partaker of the divine nature; 2 Peter 1:4(NASB) and that Jesus Christ is the Mediator of this better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises. Hebrews 8:6(NASB)

That though You chasten my transgression with the rod and my iniquity with stripes, yet You will not break off Your lovingkindness from me, nor deal falsely in Your faithfulness. Your covenant You will not violate, nor will You alter the utterance of Your lips. Psalm 89:32-34(NASB)

That desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of Your purpose, You have interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, I who have taken refuge might have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before me. Hebrews 6:17-18(NASB)

That baptism is appointed to be a seal of the righteousness which is by faith, as circumcision was; Romans 4:11(NASB) that it assures me of the forgiveness of my sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit; and that this promise is for God’s people and their children. Acts 2:38-39(NASB) And that the cup in the Lord’s Supper is the blood of the covenant, which was poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. Matthew 26:28(NASB)

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