Chapter 2: Confession

Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry

1 Introduction and Acknowledgement of the Need for Lowliness before God

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

3 Confess and Bewail your Original Corruption

4.1 Lament your Disposition to Evil and Confess your Blind Understanding and Stubborn Will
4.3 Lament and Confess your Vain Thoughts and Carnal Affections
4.5 Lament and Confess the Corruption of your Entire Being

5 Lament and Confess your Sins of Omission

6.1 Bewail your Many Actual Transgressions, Especially your Pride
6.2 Bewail your Anger, Love of the World, and Love of the Flesh
6.5 Bewail your False Security, Fretfulness, and Impatience
6.7 Bewail your Lack of Love for Others
6.8 Bewail your Sins of the Tongue and Spiritual Sloth

7.1 Acknowledge the Great Evil of Sin, its Sinfulness and Foolishness
7.3 Acknowledge the Great Evil of Sin, its Unprofitableness and Deceitfulness
7.5 Acknowledge that Sin is an Affront to the Holy God and Damages the Soul

8.1 Consider your Evil Sins in Light of your Moral Knowledge and Profession of Faith
8.3 Consider your Evil Sins in Light of the Mercies and Warnings of God
8.5 Consider your Evil Sins in Light of the Corrections you have Received and the Vows you have Made

9 Understand the Condemning Nature of your Sin

10 Give Glory to God for His Patience and Willingness to be Reconciled

11 Humbly Profess your Sorrow and Shame for Sin