Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Introduction and Exhortation to Pray for the Whole Lost World of Mankind

Intercession 5.0 | NASB

The Lord Jesus has taught us to pray, not only with, but for others; and the apostle has appointed us to make supplication for all the saints, Ephesians 6:18(NASB) and many of his prayers in his epistles are for his friends. And we must not think that when we are in this part of prayer, we may let fall our fervency and be more indifferent because we ourselves are not immediately concerned in it; but rather, let a holy fire of love, both to God and man, here make our devotion yet more warm and lively.

We must pray for the whole world of mankind, the lost world; and thus, we must honor everyone, 1 Peter 2:17(NASB) and, according to our capacity, do good to everyone. Galatians 6:10(NASB)

I pray, as I am taught, for all men, believing that this is good and acceptable in the sight of God my Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth and of Jesus Christ, 1 Timothy 2:3-4(NASB) who gave Himself as a ransom for all. 1 Timothy 2:6(NASB)

O look with compassion upon the world that lies in the power of the evil one, 1 John 5:19(NASB) and let the ruler of this world be cast out, John 12:31(NASB) who has blinded their minds. 2 Corinthians 4:4(NASB)

O let Your way be known on the earth, Psalm 67:2(NASB) that barbarous nations may be civilized, and those who live without God in the world may be brought to the service of the living God; Ephesians 2:12(NASB) and thus, let Your salvation be known among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God; yes, let all the peoples praise You: O let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth. Psalm 67:2-4(NASB)

O let Your salvation and Your righteousness be revealed in the sight of the nations, and let all the ends of the earth see the salvation of God. Psalm 98:2-3(NASB)

O give Your Son the nations as His inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as His possession; Psalm 2:8(NASB) for You have said, “It is too small a thing for Him to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel”; but You will make Him a light of the nations. Isaiah 49:6(NASB)

Let the kingdoms of the world become the kingdom of the Lord and of His Christ. Revelation 11:15(NASB)

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