8.22.1 For those Weighed Down and Burdened

Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry

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Upon occasion of the cares and burdens and afflictions of particular persons: as,

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When we pray with or for those that are troubled in mind, and melancholy, and under doubts and fears about their spiritual state.

Lord, enable those that fear thee and obey the voice of thy servant, but walk in darkness and have no light, to trust in the name of the Lord, and to stay themselves upon their God; Isaiah 50:10(KJV) and at evening time let it be light. Zechariah 14:7(KJV)

O strengthen the weak hands, confirm the feeble knees, say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not. Isaiah 35:3-4(KJV) Answer them with good words and comfortable words, Zechariah 1:13(KJV) saying unto them, Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you: Matthew 9:5(KJV) Be of good cheer, it is I; be not afraid, Mark 6:50(KJV) I am your salvation; Psalm 35:3(KJV) and make them to hear the voice of joy and gladness, that broken bones may rejoice. Psalm 51:8(KJV)

Let those who now remember God and are troubled, whose spirits are overwhelmed and whose souls refuse to be comforted, Psalm 77:2-3(KJV) be enabled to trust in thy mercy, so that at length they may rejoice in thy salvation: Psalm 13:5(KJV) though thou slay them, yet to trust in thee. Job 13:15(KJV)

Though deep calls unto deep, and all thy waves and thy billows go over them, yet do thou command thy loving-kindness for them in the day-time, and in the night let thy song be with them, and their prayer to the God of their life; Psalm 42:7-8(KJV) though their souls are cast down and disquieted within them, give them hope in God, that they shall yet praise him, and let them find him the health of their countenance and their God. Psalm 42:11(KJV)

O renew a right spirit within them, cast them not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from them, but restore unto them the joy of thy salvation and uphold them with thy free Spirit, Psalm 51:10-12(KJV) that their tongues may sing aloud of thy righteousness Psalm 51:14(KJV) and shew forth thy salvation. Psalm 71:15(KJV)

O bring them up out of this horrible pit and this miry clay, and set their feet upon a rock, establishing their goings, and put a new song in their mouth, even praises to our God: Psalm 40:2-3(KJV) O comfort them again now after the time that thou hast afflicted them. Psalm 90:15(KJV)

Though for a small moment thou hast forsaken them and hid thy face from them, yet gather them and have mercy on them with everlasting kindness. Isaiah 54:7-8(KJV)

O let thy Spirit witness with their spirits, that they are the children of God; Romans 8:16(KJV) and by the blood of Christ let them be purged from an evil conscience. Hebrews 10:22(KJV)

Lord, rebuke the tempter, even the accuser of the brethren; Revelation 12:10(KJV) the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke him, and let the poor, tempted, troubled souls be as brands plucked out of the burning. Zechariah 3:2(KJV)