Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry
Lament and Confess your Vain Thoughts and Carnal Affections
The vanity of our thoughts, their neglect of those things which they ought to be conversant with and dwelling upon those things that are unworthy of them and tend to corrupt our minds.
O how long have those wicked thoughts lodged within us! Jeremiah 4:14(ESV) Like the devising of folly, those thoughts are sin. Proverbs 24:9(ESV) From within, out of the heart, come evil thoughts, Matthew 15:19(ESV) which devise evil on the bed, Micah 2:1(ESV) and carry the heart with the fool’s eyes to the ends of the earth. Proverbs 17:24(ESV)
But God is not in all our thoughts; Psalm 10:4(ESV) it is well if he is in any of them. Of the Rock that bore us, we have been unmindful and have forgotten the God who gave us birth: Deuteronomy 32:18(ESV) We have forgotten him days without number, Jeremiah 2:32(ESV) and our hearts have gone after worthlessness and become worthless. Jeremiah 2:5(ESV) Our inward thought having been that our houses should continue forever; this, our way, is the path of those who have foolish confidence. Psalm 49:11-13(ESV)
The carnality of our affections, their being placed upon wrong objects and carried beyond due bounds.
We have set our minds on things beneath, which should have been set on things above, where our treasure is, Matthew 6:21(ESV) where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; Colossians 3:1-2(ESV) these are the things which we should seek.
We have paid regard to vain idols and forsaken our hope of steadfast love; Jonah 2:8(ESV) have forsaken the fountain of living waters, for cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:13(ESV)
We have trampled the head of the poor into the dust of the earth, Amos 2:7(ESV) and have been anxious concerning what we shall eat and what we shall drink and what we shall wear, the things after which the Gentiles seek. Matthew 6:31-33(ESV)
We have lifted up our souls to what is false, Psalm 24:4(ESV) and set our eyes on that which is nothing; have looked at the things that are seen, which are temporal, but the things that are eternal have been forgotten and postponed. 2 Corinthians 4:18(ESV)