Matthew Henry wrote A Method for Prayer nearly 300 years ago. Among the many editions and revisions of this book that have been produced throughout the years, Ligon Duncan edited and revised a version which was published in 1994. This project has been built off of the efforts invested by Dr. Duncan and others in that publication.
Resorting to a more scriptural pattern of prayer may be a simple (but profound) answer to many problems in our practice of prayer. There are a number of reasons that could be given as to why Christians should “Pray the Bible,” but the ones below combine to make a rather convincing argument:
|1||Praying scripturally will teach us what prayer is, even while we do it.|
|2||It will correct “shopping list” views of prayer which abound in the Christian community.|
|3||It will begin to solve in our own minds the question of “unanswered prayer.”|
|4||It will remind us of just how much there is to pray about day by day.|
|5||It will teach us of the extreme urgency of prayer.|
|6||It will return proportion to prayers long on petition, but short on adoration, confession, and thanksgiving.|
|7||It will instruct us how best to pray for ministers, missionaries, and one another.|
|8||It will show us the proper way to approach God in prayer.|
|9||It will remind us of the good things that God does for us (which we, more often than not, take for granted).|
|10||It will remind us to always give thanks to God (which, paradoxically, is so important for our own assurance of His faithfulness in answering prayer).|
|11||It will begin to engrave in our minds biblical patterns of thought which can help immunize us from the enticing folly of the world’s view of life.|
|12||It will force us to rehearse the solemn warnings and precious promises of God (which will do eternal good to our souls).|
|13||It will move us from our inherent man-centeredness in prayer to a biblical, God-centered way of praying.
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