2.2.31 Thank God for the Hope of Eternal Life

Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry

Thank God for the Hope of Eternal Life and for the Work of the Spirit within you

For the prospect and hope of eternal life, when time shall be no more.

We thank you for the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him; James 1:12(ESV) the inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for us. 1 Peter 1:4(ESV)

That having here no lasting city, Hebrews 13:14(ESV) we are encouraged to seek the better country, that is, the heavenly one; Hebrews 11:16(ESV) the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. Hebrews 11:10(ESV)

That we are in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, has promised; Titus 1:2(ESV) and that all true believers, through grace, Acts 18:27(ESV) have eternal life abiding in them. 1 John 3:15(ESV)

2.2.32

2dly, We must give God thanks for the spiritual mercies bestowed upon us in particular, especially if we are called with an effectual call and have a good work of grace begun in us.

We must bless God for the striving of his Spirit with us, and the admonitions and checks of our own consciences.

We bless you that you have not given us up to a debased mind; Romans 1:28(ESV) that our consciences are not seared; 1 Timothy 4:2(ESV) that you have not said concerning us, “They are joined to idols, leave them alone”; Hosea 4:17(ESV) but that your Spirit is yet contending with us. Genesis 6:3(ESV)

We thank you for the work of the law written on our hearts, our own consciences also bearing witness, and our own conflicting thoughts accusing or excusing us. Romans 2:15(ESV)