Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry
Thank God for the Martyrs and Confessors who have Gone Before you
For the martyrs and confessors, the lights of the church, and the good examples of those who have gone before us to heaven.
We bless you for all those who have been enabled to commend themselves to God by great endurance, in afflictions and calamities; 2 Corinthians 6:4(ESV) who when they have been brought before kings and governors for Christ’s sake, it has turned to them for an opportunity to bear witness, Luke 21:12-13(ESV) and God has given them a mouth and wisdom, which none of their adversaries were able to withstand or contradict. Luke 21:15(ESV)
That those who for Christ’s sake were killed all the day long and regarded as sheep to be slaughtered, were yet in all these things more than conquerors through him who loved them. Romans 8:36-37(ESV)
That they conquered the accuser of the brothers by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Revelation 12:10-11(ESV)
We bless you for the cloud of witnesses with which we are surrounded, Hebrews 12:1(ESV) for the tracks of the flock, Song of Solomon 1:8(ESV) for the people of old who received their commendation, Hebrews 11:2(ESV) and are now, through faith and patience, inheriting the promises. Hebrews 6:12(ESV) Lord, give us to follow them, as they followed Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1(ESV)