Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

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

Intercession 5.0 | NIV

Of the Fifth Part of Prayer, which is Intercession, or Address and Supplication to God for Others.

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


I must pray for the whole world of mankind, the lost world; and thus, I must show proper respect to everyone, 1 Peter 2:17(NIV) and, according to my capacity, do good to all people. Galatians 6:10(NIV)

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

O look with compassion upon the world that is under the control of the evil one, 1 John 5:19(NIV) and let the prince of this world be driven out, John 12:31(NIV) who has blinded their minds. 2 Corinthians 4:4(NIV)

O let your ways be known on earth, Psalm 67:2(NIV) 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(NIV) and thus, let your salvation be known among all nations. May the peoples praise you, O God; yes, may all the peoples praise you: May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. Psalm 67:2-4(NIV)

O let your salvation and your righteousness be revealed to the nations, and let all the ends of the earth see the salvation of God. Psalm 98:2-3(NIV)

O make the nations your Son’s inheritance, and the ends of the earth his possession; Psalm 2:8(NIV) for you have said, “It is too small a thing for him to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept”; but you will also make him a light for the Gentiles. Isaiah 49:6(NIV)

Let the kingdom of the world become the kingdom of the Lord and of his Christ. Revelation 11:15(NIV)

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