Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry
Bewail your Sins of the Tongue and Spiritual Sloth
Our tongue sins.
Much corrupt talk has come out of our mouths; that foolish talking and crude joking, which are out of place, Ephesians 5:4(ESV) and little of that which is good and to the use of building up, and which might give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29(ESV)
If people will give account for every careless word they speak, and if by our words we will be justified and by our words we will be condemned, Matthew 12:36-37(ESV) woe to us! For we are lost; for we are of unclean lips and dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips. Isaiah 6:5(ESV)
What would become of us, if God should make our own tongues turn against us? Psalm 64:8(ESV)
Our spiritual slothfulness and decay.
We have been slothful in zeal for religion and not fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11(ESV)
The things which remain are about to die, and our works have not been found complete in the sight of God. Revelation 3:2(ESV)
We have observed the winds, and therefore have not sown; have regarded the clouds, and therefore have not reaped; Ecclesiastes 11:4(ESV) and with the sluggard have frightened ourselves with the fancy of a lion in the road, a lion in the streets, and have turned on our bed as a door on its hinges, Proverbs 26:13-14(ESV) still crying, “A little sleep, a little slumber.” Proverbs 6:10(ESV)
Our love has been like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away. Hosea 6:4(ESV)
And that which is at the bottom of all is the evil, unbelieving heart in us, which inclines us to fall away from the living God. Hebrews 3:12(ESV)