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A Method For Prayer: Freedom In The Face of God [Paperback]

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1 Nov 2009
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ... And now what shall we render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards us ? Let our souls return to him and repose in him as their rest, because he hath dealt bountifully with us ; we will take the cup of our salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord a ; for the Lord is good, his mercy is everlasting, and his truth endureth to all generations b. We will bless the Lord at all times, yea, his praise shall continually be in our mouths c; we will sing unto the Lord as long as we live d; and we hope to be shortly with those blessed ones who dwell in his house above, and are still praising him, and who rest not day or night, from saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty e. . : ' . CHAPTER V. Of the fifth part of Prayer, which is Intercession, or Address and Supplication to God for others. Our Lord Jesus hath taught us to pray, not only with, but for others: and the apostle hath appointed us to make supplication for all saints g: and many of his prayers in his epistle are for his friends: and we must not think that when we are in this part of prayer, we must let fall our fervency, and be more indifferent, because we ourselves are not immediately concerned in it,* but rather let a holy fire of love, both to God and man here make our devotions yet more warm and lively. 1. We must prayfor the whole world ofmankind, the lost worldh, and thus we must honour all men, and according to our capacity do good to all meni. We pray, as we are taught, for all men, believing that a Psal. cxvi. 7,12,13. b Psal. c. 5. c Psal. xxxiv. 1. d Psal. civ. 33. e Rev. iv. 8. g Eph. vi. 18. h 2 Pet. ii. 15. i Gal. vi. 10. . . j. ... L this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of...
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus Publications Ltd; New edition edition (1 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857920686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857920680
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A method for prayer 7 May 2014
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This inspirational book is a very helpful guide to those who are not confident in public prayer. I would recommend it to all who need encouragement in this field of theology.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Puritan Method for Prayer 16 May 2004
By Seeking Disciple - Published on Amazon.com
Matthew Henry is best known for his commentary on the Bible. However, few understand the passion and heart in this man. In this book, A METHOD FOR PRAYER, Henry's love for Jesus, passion for prayer, and love of Scripture can clearly be seen.
The book is divided into different methods of prayer. In each chapter Henry offers some insights but mainly fills the pages with prayers (which the Puritans were noted for writing down their prayers; see THE VALLEY OF VISION) and with Scriptures. Nearly every chapter contains over 50 passages of Scripture that Henry prayed.
My only reason for not giving this book a solid 5 stars is that it is difficult to read the chapters and keep flipping to the end of the chapter for the Scripture references since the editor did not include them in the prayers and teachings of Henry. The language is updated and this earns the book a good 4 star.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Praying Rightly... 22 Dec 2007
By Adam Cummings - Published on Amazon.com
A Method for Prayer was, if nothing else, a strong reminder of what is lacking in the lives of many Christians--myself included. The first part of the book is essentially a conglomeration of Scripture references put together as a prayer to God. It is further subdivided into the following chapter-genres: His greatness (ch. 1); our sin (ch. 2); our need (ch. 3); our thanksgiving (ch. 4); intercession (i.e. our prayers for others: ch. 5); special-occasion/particular prayers (ch. 6); and concluding prayers (ch. 7). Chapter 8 is an expanded/paraphrased Lord's Prayer, once more by use of Scripture references. Finally, chapter 9 is some short forms of prayer.

The second section of the book regards three discourses given by Matthew Henry himself. The first concerned how to begin the day with God, the second how to spend the day with God, and the third how to close the day with God.

In the Appendices, Ligon Duncan (the editor of the book) offers a few outlines for a guide to prayer. They are rather helpful summaries of Matthew Henry's preceding, lengthier, and more repetitive work.

One may ask: Why not just read the Bible? Well, Matthew Henry does offer some helpful sermons in the second part of the book--as was mentioned. However, even concerning the first, I found it a helpful conglomeration of things which we Christians might pray to God in times of need. It is also categorized, which is helpful for one who desires to know how to pray concerning different areas of life. I hope that this book, for me, becomes a resource. It's always a joy to hear some godly pastor pray to God as though Scripture were just bubbling out from his inner man into a form of spoken communication to the Lord. Pastors should be praying Scripturally. So, why not pray Scripture itself? In this, the Lord is blessed and the hearers can follow along and repeat the prayer in their hearts--for the Word which God graciously gave to believers is being lifted back up to Him in prayer. What a beautiful way of thanking and honoring the Lord!

On the negative side, one should watch for Henry's more Reformed/Covenantal doctrines bleeding into his prayers. It seems that Israel is sometimes equated with the church; moreover, a discourse is given by him on how to pray for the baptism of a baby (for one who believes in Believer's Baptism, this section of the book will obviously be seen as mistaken). Any Christian, of course, should understand the danger of praying Scripture in this way, for words or verses may also be taken out of context. It is important for the reader to know when certain Scriptures are intended primarily for the people of Israel, even if the principles there inferred may be applied to Gentiles. Thus, as always--even with an author as wonderful as Matthew Henry--, one must guard his own heart and prove himself a Berean, studying Scripture on his own and properly deciphering what other books or authors or teachers are saying concerning the Bible.

Yet, it is wonderful to hear the prayer, "...we must here set up a stone and call it Ebenezer, for hitherto the Lord hath helped us" (AMP, 84). Moreover, the great part of Henry's Reformed position is that he firmly recognizes the grace of God in salvation and prays as a true Christian should, giving thanks to God in every single thing. He calls Christians, toward the end of the book, to go to bed each night with death on their minds: "O that we could always go to sleep with death upon our thoughts, how would it quicken us to improve time! It would make our sleep not the less desirable, but it would make our death much the less formidable" (AMP, 265). After all, "We hope God will bring us to heaven; and by keeping up daily communion with God, we grow more and more meet to partake of that inheritance; and have our conversation in heaven" (AMP, 271). So let it be... Maranatha!
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3.0 out of 5 stars book full of misspellings 2 Nov 2009
By CSL - Published on Amazon.com
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Though I have this book and love it,I would not recommend this particular item since it is full of mistakes in spelling and punctuation. I do not see how this book slipped past the proof readers. I ordered 3 of them to give as gifts and had to return them. Please do not misunderstand. This is an excellent book and very inspiring. It is also very hard to find. So far I have been unable to find good copies, but I am still looking. I would buy 5 at least for gift giving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prayer 13 April 2010
By Edward J. Hopkins - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book if you are struggling with prayer. This book allows you to pray using scripture.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars misrepresentation 14 May 2010
By Mary C. Starke - Published on Amazon.com
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I already answered this, but in case you lost it: this book is almost unreadable. There are so many typos and elisions! The publishers have scanned it from a ms. and ask forbearance, but they did not say this was what I would be buying (or I wouldn't have.) You need to screen some of your more obscure suppliers.
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