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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: 1.9 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edited by Ligon Duncan. True prayer comes from the heart, so why do we need a method? The great devotional commentator and pastor shows here that Christians benefit from discipline just as much as talking freely with God. You will discover the method

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By June George on 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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Puritan Method for Prayer 16 May 2004
By Seeking Disciple - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Praying Rightly... 22 Dec. 2007
By Adam Cummings - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
book full of misspellings 2 Nov. 2009
By CSL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
There Is 'A Method For Prayer' Edition For Most Tastes 2 Oct. 2014
By Roberta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Regarding: " Misspellings and Poor Readability'

In 1710, when the edition from which this book copied, was printed, an 'F' was used in the place of an 'S'.
Instead of seeing the word 'Spiritual', for example, one will see 'Fpiritual' , instead of 'Breasts' ; 'breaftf '
etc. That was the method of typeset at that time. There are 1 or 2 other letter substitutions. But this is
something one easily gets used to, and once one does, the reading will go just as smoothly as if it were
modern typeset. BUT if one does not want to accommodate to this, there are other modern editions with
modern spelling and lots of space between the sentences' - which does make for easier reading. See the
sparkling modern edition edited by theologian and missionary, O. Palmer Robertson called ' A Way For Prayer' Complete in Hardcover: ISBN-13: 978-1848710870., or in an Abridged Pocket version: ISBN-13: 9781848710887. Amazon also offers a * FREE * - * FREE* Kindle, modern edition edited by Steve Kindorf ISBN: 1304447022 . This looks like another nice edition, that appears to be a word for word edition of Matthew Henry's work, except that the spelling has been modernized and Mr Kindorf has included additional prayers.

Note: This edition (of course) uses the Authorized Bible also known as the Kings James translation. The
Kindorf Edition uses the King James translation also. But the Robertson edition uses the ESV i.e., English Standard version.
A book that will change the way you pray 4 Nov. 2014
By pbcook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is not an easy book to skim or read quickly. The content is deep and pierces to the heart with its challenging words to pray fervently. The book is saturated with Scripture as Henry quotes literally thousands of verses to craft his points on prayer. Not only does the author call you to prayer, but the book requires reflection and prayer as you read it.

Henry spends the majority of the book detailing the different parts of prayer: adoration, confession, petition and supplication, thanksgiving, and intercession but he also touches on praying for a particular occasion, how to conclude your prayers, the Lord’s Prayer, and various short forms of prayer. The book wraps up with several discourses on prayer that summarize the book and bring all his points together.

I highly recommend this book to be read by all people who seek a better understanding of the demands of prayer before a holy and just God. After reading it, you will be convicted of your lack of prayer but you will be encouraged to pray in a more biblical manner. Especially beneficial are the practical guidelines to consider as you structure a prayer and choose your words. Prayer should not be done in a casual manner; there is a method that is founded in Scripture and glorifies God. This book will put you on that path.
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