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 | NASB

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

I thank You for the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him; James 1:12(NASB) the inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and that will not fade away, reserved in heaven for me. 1 Peter 1:4(NASB)

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

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

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 You that You have not given me over to a depraved mind; Romans 1:28(NASB) that my conscience is not seared; 1 Timothy 4:2(NASB) that You have not said concerning me, “He is joined to idols, let him alone”; Hosea 4:17(NASB) but that Your Spirit is still striving with me. Genesis 6:3(NASB)

I thank You for the work of the Law written in my heart, my own conscience also bearing witness, and my own thoughts alternately accusing or else defending me. Romans 2:15(NASB)

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