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 | KJV

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

I thank thee for the crown of life which the Lord hath promised to them that love him; James 1:12(KJV) the inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for me. 1 Peter 1:4(KJV)

That having here no continuing city, Hebrews 13:14(KJV) I am encouraged to seek the better country, that is, the heavenly; Hebrews 11:16(KJV) the city that hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:10(KJV)

That I am in hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, hath promised; Titus 1:2(KJV) and that all true believers, through grace, Acts 18:27(KJV) have eternal life abiding in them. 1 John 3:15(KJV)

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

I must bless God for the striving of his Spirit with me, and the admonitions and checks of my own conscience.

I bless thee that thou hast not given me over to a reprobate mind; Romans 1:28(KJV) that my conscience is not seared; 1 Timothy 4:2(KJV) that thou hast not said concerning me, He is joined to an idol, let him alone; Hosea 4:17(KJV) but that thy Spirit is yet striving with me. Genesis 6:3(KJV)

I thank thee for the work of the law written in my heart, my own conscience also bearing witness, and my own thoughts between themselves accusing or excusing one another. Romans 2:15(KJV)

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