Matthew Henry’s “Method For Prayer”

Bewail your Many Actual Transgressions, Especially your Pride

Confession 2.7 | NASB

I must likewise bewail my many actual transgressions, in thought, word, and deed.

I have sinned, Father, against heaven and in Your sight. Luke 15:18(NASB) I have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23(NASB) for the God in whose hand my life-breath is, and all my ways, I have not glorified. Daniel 5:23(NASB)

Against You, You only, I have sinned and done much evil in Your sight; Psalm 51:4(NASB) neither have I obeyed the voice of the LORD my God, to walk in His teachings which He has set before me, Daniel 9:10(NASB) though they are holy and righteous and good. Romans 7:12(NASB)

Who can discern his errors? Acquit me from hidden faults. Psalm 19:12(NASB)

I stumble in many ways, James 3:2(NASB) and my iniquities are more numerous than the hairs of my head. Psalm 40:12(NASB)

As a well keeps its waters fresh, so my heart keeps fresh its wickedness; Jeremiah 6:7(NASB) and this has been my practice from my youth up, that I have not obeyed Your voice. Jeremiah 22:21(NASB)

Out of the evil treasure of my heart, I have many times brought forth what is evil. Matthew 12:35(NASB)

I must confess and bewail the workings of pride in me.

I have every reason to be humbled for the pride of my heart; 2 Chronicles 32:26(NASB) that I have thought more highly of myself than I ought to have thought, and have not thought so as to have sound judgment, Romans 12:3(NASB) nor have I walked humbly with my God. Micah 6:8(NASB)

I have leaned on my own understanding, Proverbs 3:5(NASB) and trusted in my own heart, Proverbs 28:26(NASB) and have sacrificed to my own net. Habakkuk 1:16(NASB)

I have sought my own glory more than the glory of the One who sent me, John 7:18(NASB) and have become arrogant concerning that for which I should have mourned. 1 Corinthians 5:2(NASB)

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