Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry
Bewail your Anger, Love of the World, and Love of the Flesh
The breaking out of passion and rash anger.
We have not had the rule which we ought to have had over our own spirits, which have therefore been like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:28(ESV)
We have been quick in our spirits to become angry, and anger has lodged in our bosoms. Ecclesiastes 7:9(ESV) And when our spirits have been made bitter, we have spoken rashly with our lips, Psalm 106:33(ESV) and have been guilty of that clamor and bitterness which should have been put far from us. Ephesians 4:31(ESV)
Our covetousness and love of the world.
We have sought great things for ourselves when you have said, “Seek them not.” Jeremiah 45:5(ESV)
Our sensuality and flesh-pleasing.
We have set our minds on the things of the flesh more than the things of the Spirit, Romans 8:5(ESV) and have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence, and have fattened our hearts in a day of slaughter. James 5:5(ESV)
We have made provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires, Romans 13:14(ESV) even those passions which wage war against our souls; 1 Peter 2:11(ESV) and in many instances, we have acted as if we had been lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. 2 Timothy 3:4(ESV)
When we eat and when we drink, do we not eat for ourselves and drink for ourselves? Zechariah 7:6(ESV)