Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry
Thank God for His Grace to your Soul and for Designing Man’s Redemption and Salvation
The goodness of his grace relating to our souls and the life that is to come.
But especially blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Ephesians 1:3(ESV)
1st, We must give God thanks for his kindnesses to the children of men, relating to their better part and their future state and his favors to the church in general.
We must give thanks for his gracious design and contrivance of man’s redemption and salvation, when he was lost and undone by sin.
O how wonderfully did the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appear! He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy: Titus 3:4-5(ESV) We had destroyed ourselves, but in you, and you only, was our help. Hosea 13:9(KJV)
When we were cast out on the open field, and no eye pitied us, you saw us wallowing in our blood, and said to us, “Live!” Yes, you said to us, “Live!” Ezekiel 16:5-6(ESV) And the time was a time of love. Ezekiel 16:8(KJV)
When the ransom of the life was so costly as that it could never suffice, and truly no man could ransom another or give to God the price of his life, Psalm 49:7-8(ESV) then you were pleased to find a ransom, that we might be delivered from going down into the pit. Job 33:24(ESV)
When we were doomed to die and were like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again, then did you devise means so that the banished ones might not remain outcasts. 2 Samuel 14:14(ESV)
When you did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them into hell, 2 Peter 2:4(ESV) you said concerning the rage of mankind, “Do not destroy it, for there is a blessing in it.” Isaiah 65:8(ESV) Herein appears the secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for his people’s glory. 1 Corinthians 2:7(ESV)