Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry
Thank God for the Ministry and Other Ordinances
For the institution of ordinances, and particularly that of the ministry.
We thank you that you have not only declared your word to Jacob, but your statutes and rules to Israel, to us: You have not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know your rules. Psalm 147:19-20(ESV)
That the dwelling place of God is with man, and he will dwell with them; Revelation 21:3(ESV) and that he has set his sanctuary in their midst forevermore, Ezekiel 37:26(ESV) and there will meet with the people of Israel. Exodus 29:43(ESV)
And that when the Lord Jesus ascended on high he gave gifts to men, Ephesians 4:8(ESV) not only prophets, apostles, and evangelists, but shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all the people of God attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; Ephesians 4:11-13(ESV) and that while they teach us to observe all things which Christ has commanded, he has promised to be with them always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20(ESV)