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 | NIV

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

I thank you for the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him; James 1:12(NIV) the inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade—kept in heaven for me. 1 Peter 1:4(NIV)

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

That I am resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, has promised; Titus 1:2(NIV) and that all true believers, by grace, Acts 18:27(NIV) have eternal life in them. 1 John 3:15(NIV)

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(NIV) that my conscience is not seared; 1 Timothy 4:2(NIV) that you have not said concerning me, “He is joined to idols, leave him alone”; Hosea 4:17(NIV) instead, your Spirit is still contending with me. Genesis 6:3(NIV)

I thank you for the requirements of the law written on my heart, my own conscience also bearing witness, and my own thoughts now accusing, now even defending me. Romans 2:15(NIV)

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