Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Introduction and Comprehensive Petitions

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Of the Conclusion of My Prayers

I am commanded to pray always, Luke 21:36(NIV) to pray continually, 1 Thessalonians 5:17(NIV) to devote myself to prayer, Colossians 4:2(NIV) 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(NIV) I must therefore think of concluding. The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, must be ended. Psalm 72:20(NIV) 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.

May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead the Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip me with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in me what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 13:20-21(NIV)

Now may the Lord direct my heart into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5(NIV)

And the God of all grace, who called me to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after I have suffered a little while, himself restore me and make me strong, firm, and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10(NIV)

But now, Lord, what do I look for? Truly my hope is in you; Psalm 39:7(NIV) and on you do I depend to be to me God Almighty, a God all-sufficient. Genesis 17:1(NIV)

Do for me immeasurably more than all I ask or imagine, according to your power that is at work within me: Ephesians 3:20(NIV) and meet all my needs according to your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19(NIV)

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