Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry
Thank God for the Appointing of the Redeemer and His Gracious Condescension
For the appointing of the Redeemer and God’s gracious condescension to deal with men upon new terms, receding from the demands of the broken covenant of innocency.
We bless you that when sacrifices and offerings you did not desire, and in them took no pleasure, that then the eternal Son of God said, “Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, and a body have you prepared for me.” Hebrews 10:5-7(ESV) And that, as in the scroll of the book it was written of him, he did delight to do your will, O God; yes, your law was within his heart. Psalm 40:7-8(ESV)
You have granted help to one who is mighty, one chosen from the people: You have found David, your servant; with your holy oil you have anointed him, Psalm 89:19-20(ESV) even with the oil of gladness beyond his companions; Psalm 45:7(ESV) and you did promise that your hand should be established with him and your arm should strengthen him, Psalm 89:21(ESV) and that you would make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. Psalm 89:27(ESV)
We bless you that the Father now judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son; John 5:22(ESV) that as he has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself, and has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man; John 5:26-27(ESV) that the Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand; John 3:35(ESV) and that the counsel of peace is between them both. Zechariah 6:13(ESV)
That he is your servant, whom you uphold, your chosen in whom your soul delights; Isaiah 42:1(ESV) your beloved Son, with whom you are well pleased; Matthew 17:5(ESV) that you have given him as a covenant to the people; Isaiah 49:8(ESV) and that through him we are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14(ESV)
That God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16(ESV)