Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry
Acknowledge that Sin is an Affront to the Holy God and Damages the Soul
The offense which by sin we have given to the Holy God.
By breaking the law we have dishonored God, Romans 2:23(ESV) and given bitter provocation Hosea 12:14(ESV) to the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 1:4(ESV) And many a thing that we have done has displeased the Lord. 2 Samuel 11:27(ESV)
God has been broken over our whoring heart and our eyes that have gone whoring after our idols. Ezekiel 6:9(ESV)
We have put him to the test, and to the proof, and grieved him in the wilderness; Psalm 95:9-10(ESV) have rebelled, and grieved his Holy Spirit, Isaiah 63:10(ESV) and pressed him down with our iniquities, as a cart full of sheaves presses down. Amos 2:13(ESV)
We have grieved the Holy Spirit of God, by whom we were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30(ESV)
The damage which by sin we have done to our own souls and their great interests.
Our own evil has chastised us, and our apostasy has reproved us; and we cannot but know and see that it is evil and bitter for us to forsake the LORD our God, and that his fear has not been in us. Jeremiah 2:19(ESV)
O what fools are they who mock at sin! Proverbs 14:9(KJV)