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A Way to Pray (Henry)

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Most evangelical Christians know of Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Bible, but few are as familiar with his A Method for Prayer, with Scripture Expressions Proper to Be Used under Each Head. This work consists almost entirely of Scripture, arranged under various headings, to help Christians to pray in harmony with the truth of God, revealed in his Word. First published three hundred years ago, it has been revised and updated by O. Palmer Robertson to allow the language of prayer to be expressed in today’s idiom. It is sent out in the confidence that God will continue to honour his own Word, as it is redirected back to him in the form of heartfelt prayer.


Table of Contents:

  1. Praise
  2. Confession
  3. Petition
  4. Thanksgiving
  5. Intercession
  6. Prayers for Particular Occasions
  7. Concluding Our Prayers
  8. The Lord’s Prayer Expanded
  9. Shorter Forms of Prayer



Matthew Henry (1662-1714) was an English non-conformist pastor and Bible commentator who is an emblem of faithful fatherhood.  He is the author of the famous commentary on the whole Bible. It is said that the Henry household was like unto the "gates of heaven," where the parents governed all family life by the Word of God.



"Prayer in this form is nothing more and nothing less than what the old Puritans called 'pleading the promises'. God has made promises to his people. His people respond by redirecting those promises to the Lord in the form of prayer. How could a God who is faithful to his word fail to answer prayers of this kind? He has promised. He will honor that promise. If Christians would join together and form their prayers with the maturity and insight provided by Scripture itself, the impact on the world could not be measured." - O. Palmer Roberton