Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Introduction and Comprehensive Petitions

Conclusion 6.0 | KJV

Of the Conclusion of My Prayers

I am commanded to pray always, Luke 21:36(KJV) to pray continually, 1 Thessalonians 5:17(KJV) to devote myself to prayer, Colossians 4:2(KJV) because I must always have in myself a disposition to the duty, must be constant in it, and never grow weary of it or give it up; and yet, I cannot be always praying, I must come down from this mount. Nor may I be over long, so as to make the duty a task or toil to myself or those who join with me. I have other work that calls for my attendance. Jacob wrestles with the angel, but he must go for the day breaks. Genesis 32:24(KJV) I must therefore think of concluding. The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, must be ended. Psalm 72:20(KJV) But how shall I conclude so as to have the impressions of the duty kept always in the imagination of the thought of my heart?

I may then sum up my requests in some comprehensive petitions, as the conclusion of the whole matter.

Now the God of peace that brought again from the dead the Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make me perfect in every good work to do his will, working in me that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Christ Jesus. Hebrews 13:20-21(KJV)

Now the Lord direct my heart into the love of God and into a patient waiting for Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5(KJV)

And the God of all grace, who hath called me to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that I have suffered a while, make me perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle me. 1 Peter 5:10(KJV)

And now, Lord, what do I wait for? Truly my hope is even in thee; Psalm 39:7(KJV) and on thee do I depend to be to me a God all-sufficient. Genesis 17:1(KJV)

Do for me exceeding abundantly above what I am able to ask or think, according to the power that worketh in me: Ephesians 3:20(KJV) and supply all my needs according to thy riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19(KJV)

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