Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Take Hold of the God-Given Encouragement you Have to Confess Sin

Confession 2.1 | NASB

I must take hold of the great encouragement God has given me to humble myself before Him with sorrow and shame, and to confess my sins.

If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand! But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared; Psalm 130:3-4(NASB) with You there is lovingkindness; yes, with my God there is abundant redemption, and He will redeem Israel from all His iniquities. Psalm 130:7-8(NASB)

Your sacrifices, O God, are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise; Psalm 51:17(NASB) indeed, though You are the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is holy; Isaiah 57:15(NASB) though heaven is Your throne and the earth is Your footstool, yet to this one You will look: to him who is poor and humble, broken and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at Your word; Isaiah 66:1-2(NASB) in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15(NASB)

You have graciously assured me that those who conceal their transgressions will not prosper, yet those who confess and forsake them will find compassion. Proverbs 28:13(NASB) And when a poor penitent said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” You forgave the guilt of his sin. Therefore, let everyone who is godly, in like manner, pray to You in a time when You may be found. Psalm 32:5-6(NASB)

I know that if I say I have no sin, I am deceiving myself and the truth is not in me; but You have said that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and righteous to forgive me my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9(NASB)

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