Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry
Lament and Confess your Sins of Omission
We must lament and confess our omissions of duty, our neglect of it and triflings in it; and that we have done so little since we came into the world of the great work we were sent into the world about, so very little to answer the end of our creation or of our redemption, of our birth and of our baptism; and that we have profited no more by the means of grace.
We have been as fig trees planted in the vineyard, and you have come many years seeking fruit from us but have found none; and therefore we might justly be cut down and thrown into the fire for using up the ground: Luke 13:6-7(ESV) You have come looking for grapes, but behold wild grapes; Isaiah 5:4(ESV) for we have been empty vines bringing forth fruit to ourselves. Hosea 10:1(ESV)
We have known the right thing to do, but have failed to do it. James 4:17(ESV) We have hidden our Master’s money, Matthew 25:18(ESV) and therefore deserve the doom of the wicked and slothful servant. Matthew 25:26(ESV)
We have not known or improved the day of our visitation; Luke 19:44(ESV) have not prepared bread in summer nor gathered food in harvest, though we have had chiefs, officers, and rulers. Proverbs 6:7-8(ESV)
We are slow of heart to understand and believe; Luke 24:25(ESV) and though by this time we ought to be teachers of others, we are yet to learn the basic principles of the oracles of God: we have need of milk, and cannot bear solid food. Hebrews 5:12(ESV)
We have come to you as your people come, and have sat before you as your people sit, and have heard what you have said, when our hearts at the same time have been set after gain. Ezekiel 33:31(ESV) And thus have we brought the torn and the lame and the sick for sacrifice; have presented to our God that which we would not have presented to our governor; Malachi 1:8(ESV) and have vowed and sacrificed to the Lord what is blemished, when we had in our flock a male. Malachi 1:14(ESV)