Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Thank God for the Hope of Eternal Life and for the Work of the Spirit within you

Thanksgiving 4.34 | ESV

For the prospect and hope of eternal life, when time shall be no more.

I thank you for the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him; James 1:12(ESV) the inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for me. 1 Peter 1:4(ESV)

That having here no lasting city, Hebrews 13:14(ESV) I am encouraged to seek the better country, that is, the heavenly one; Hebrews 11:16(ESV) the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. Hebrews 11:10(ESV)

That I am in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, has promised; Titus 1:2(ESV) and that all true believers, through grace, Acts 18:27(ESV) have eternal life abiding in them. 1 John 3:15(ESV)

2dly, We must give God thanks for the spiritual mercies bestowed upon us in particular, especially if we are called with an effectual call and have a good work of grace begun in us.

We must bless God for the striving of his Spirit with us, and the admonitions and checks of our own consciences.

I bless you that you have not given me up to a debased mind; Romans 1:28(ESV) that my conscience is not seared; 1 Timothy 4:2(ESV) that you have not said concerning me, “He is joined to idols, leave him alone”; Hosea 4:17(ESV) but that your Spirit is still contending with me. Genesis 6:3(ESV)

I thank you for the work of the law written on my heart, my own conscience also bearing witness, and my own conflicting thoughts accusing or excusing me. Romans 2:15(ESV)

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