Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

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

Intercession 5.20 | NIV

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 arrogant and putting their hope in uncertain riches, and give them to put their hope in God, who richly provides everyone with everything for their enjoyment: That they may do good, be rich in good deeds, and be generous and willing to share; so that they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age. 1 Timothy 6:17-19(NIV)

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

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 eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom, James 2:5(NIV) 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(NIV)

Many are the troubles of the righteous; good Lord, deliver them from them all. Psalm 34:19(NIV) And though no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful; later on, however, let it produce a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11(NIV)

For my enemies and those who hate me.

Lord, enable me to love my enemies, bless those who curse me, do good to those who hate me, and pray for those who persecute me. Matthew 5:44(NIV)

Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing; Luke 23:24(NIV) and do not hold their malice against me against them; Acts 7:60(NIV) and work in me a disposition to bear with others and to forgive in love, Colossians 3:13(NIV) as you require I should when I pray. Mark 11:25(NIV)

And grant that my ways may so please the LORD that even my enemies may live at peace with me. Proverbs 16:7(NIV)

Let the wolf and the lamb lie down together, Isaiah 11:6(NIV) and let there be none to harm or destroy on all your holy mountain; Isaiah 11:9(NIV) let not Ephraim be jealous of Judah, nor Judah be hostile toward Ephraim. Isaiah 11:13(NIV)

For my friends and those who love me.

And I wish for all those whom I love in truth, that they may enjoy good health and that all may go well with them; especially, that their souls may get along well. 3 John 1:2(NIV)

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

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