I have been reading Matthew Henry's A Method For Prayer, originally published in 1712 (Christian Focus Publications, 2017). This book has been a real blessing to me.
Using the Lord's Prayer as a model, the following are a few points Henry believes should be part of each Christian's prayer:
- Address to God, Adoration of Him, with Suitable Acknowledgments, Professions, and Preparatory Requests - this speaks to how we honor Him, and hallow His name.
- Confession of Complaints of ourselves, and humble Professions of Repentance - here we ask God to forgive us our sins.
- Petition and Supplication for the good things. which we stand in need of - here we ask God for the things we need, such as our daily bread.
- Thanksgiving for the mercies we have received and the many Favours of his we are interested in and have, and hope for Benefit by - Thanksgiving is not just once a year, but every day we have reason to give thanks to God for his mercies which are daily.
I have benefited greatly from Henry's book. It's an amazing book that all Christians should read. This book truly has helped my prayer life, and I'm glad it is still in print today. It is a treasure which can be a blessing to many.