Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Pray for the Rich and the Poor, your Enemies and your Friends

Intercession 5.20 | NASB

For those who are rich and prosperous in the world, some of whom perhaps need prayers as much as those who request them.

Lord, keep those who are rich in this present world from being conceited and fixing their hope on the uncertainty of riches, and give them to trust in God, who richly supplies everyone with all things to enjoy: That they may do good and be rich in good works, generous and ready to share; that they may store up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future. 1 Timothy 6:17-19(NASB)

Though it is hard for those who are rich to enter into the kingdom of heaven, Matthew 19:24(NASB) yet with You this is possible. Matthew 19:26(NASB)

For those who are poor and in affliction, for such there will always be in this world.

Lord, make those who are poor in the world rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, James 2:5(NASB) and give to them to receive the gospel.

O that the afflicted of the flock may wait upon You and may know the word of the LORD. Zechariah 11:11(NASB)

Many are the afflictions of the righteous; good Lord, deliver them out of them all. Psalm 34:19(NASB) And though no affliction for the moment seems to be joyful, but sorrowful; nevertheless, afterwards let it yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11(NASB)

For my enemies and those who hate me.

Lord, give me to love my enemies, to bless those who curse me, and to pray for those who despitefully use me and persecute me. Matthew 5:44(KJV)

Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing; Luke 23:34(NASB) and do not hold their malice against them; Acts 7:60(NASB) and work in me a disposition to bear with others and forgive in love, Colossians 3:13(NASB) as You require I should whenever I pray. Mark 11:25(NASB)

And grant that my ways may be so pleasing to the LORD, that even my enemies may be at peace with me. Proverbs 16:7(NASB)

Let the wolf and the lamb lie down together, Isaiah 11:6(NASB) and let there be none to hurt or destroy in all Your holy mountain; Isaiah 11:9(NASB) let not Ephraim be jealous of Judah, nor Judah harass Ephraim. Isaiah 11:13(NASB)

For my friends and those who love me.

And I wish for all those whom I love in truth, that in all respects they may prosper and be in good health; I especially pray that their souls may prosper. 3 John 1:2(NASB)

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with their spirits. Philemon 1:25(NASB)

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