Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry
Acknowledge the Great Evil of Sin, its Unprofitableness and Deceitfulness
The unprofitableness of sin.
We have sinned and perverted what was right, and it did not profit us. Job 33:27(KJV)
What fruit are we getting from the things of which we are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. Romans 6:21(ESV) And what are we profited if we should gain the whole world and forfeit our own souls? Matthew 16:26(ESV)
The deceitfulness of sin.
Sin has deceived us, and through the commandment killed us; Romans 7:11(ESV) for our hearts have been hardened by the deceitfulness of sin, Hebrews 3:13(ESV) and we have been lured and enticed by our own desires. James 1:14(ESV)
It has promised us freedom, but has made us slaves of corruption; 2 Peter 2:19(ESV) has promised us that we shall not surely die and that we shall be like God, Genesis 3:4-5(ESV) but it has flattered us and spread a net for our feet. Proverbs 29:5(ESV)
The pride of our heart, particularly, has deceived us.