1.9 Express your Unworthiness to Draw Near to God

Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry


We must express the sense we have of our own meanness and unworthiness to draw near to God and speak to him.

But will God indeed dwell with man on the earth? That God whom heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain, 2 Chronicles 6:18(ESV) with man, who is a maggot, and the son of man, who is a worm? Job 25:6(ESV)

Who are we, O Lord GOD, and what is our father’s house that you have brought us thus far to present ourselves before the Lord? 2 Samuel 7:18(ESV) That we have through Christ an access in one Spirit to the Father? Ephesians 2:18(ESV) And yet, as if this had been a small thing in your sight, you have spoken concerning your servants for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord GOD! 2 Samuel 7:19(ESV)

What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him, Psalm 8:4(ESV) and thus magnify him?

Oh let not the Lord be angry, if we who are but dust and ashes undertake to speak to the Lord of glory. Gen 18:27-30(ESV)

We are not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servants; Genesis 32:10(ESV) nor is it right to take the children’s bread and throw it to such as we are; yet the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table; Matthew 15:26-27(ESV) and you bestow your riches on all who call on you. Romans 10:12(ESV)