Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry
For support under our afflictions, and spiritual benefit and advantage by them.
You have comforted us in all our affliction, 2 Corinthians 1:4(ESV) have seen our affliction and known the distress of our souls; Psalm 31:7(ESV) you have wondrously shown your steadfast love to us when we were in a besieged city. Psalm 31:21(ESV)
When afflictions have abounded, comforts have much more abounded. 2 Corinthians 1:5(ESV)
Though for the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, yet later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness and proves to be for our good, that we might share your holiness. Hebrews 12:10-11(ESV)
We have had reason to say that it was good for us that we were afflicted, that we might learn your statutes; Psalm 119:71(ESV) for before we were afflicted we went astray, but now we keep your word. Psalm 119:67(ESV)
It has been but for a little while, and when it was necessary, that we were grieved by various trials; and we beg that all the trials of our faith may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom, though we have not seen, we love; though we do not now see him, yet we believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, and are longing to receive the outcome of our faith, the salvation of our souls.