Take yourself to a quiet place in your home, garden, lakeside, or woods. Take a deep breath remembering His breath that gives life, gave life in the beginning of all things. Soften the space between your eyebrows letting go of worry, fear, striving, then pray …
Blessed are you, O LORD our God, Master of the Universe, who sanctified us through Jesus our Messiah, upon You we wait to kindle the fire of Your Holy Spirit within us
A time of silence…
“There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?” But this I say, “O LORD, lift up the light of your face upon me
[bless me with Your Presence – the Light of Your Face], and that shall put joy in my heart, more than they have when their grain and wine abound.” (220)I entreat your favor with all my heart, (221) for in this I labor
[seeking the deeper awareness of Your Holy Spirit in my life], that whether I am at home or away, I may please the Lord. (222)”
“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands be acceptable in your sight as the evening sacrifice. (228)
I must beg for the powerful assistance and influence of the blessed Spirit of grace in my prayers.
“Lord, I do not know what to pray for as I ought, but let your Spirit help me in my weakness and intercede for me. (229)
O pour upon me a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, (230) the Spirit of adoption teaching me to cry, Abba, Father; (231) that I may find in my heart to pray this prayer: Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me, let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling; to God, my exceeding joy. (232)
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. (233)
This is what you, O LORD, have said, that you will be sanctified among those who are near you, and before all the people you will be glorified. (234) I therefore worship before you, O Lord, that I may glorify your name; (235) and therefore call upon you that you may deliver me, and I may glorify you. (236)”
For from you and through you and to you are all things. (237)
“I do not present my plea before you because of my righteousness, (238) for I am before you in my guilt, (239) and cannot stand before you because of it; (240) but I make mention of Christ’s righteousness, even of his only, who is the LORD our righteousness, (241) and therefore the LORD my righteousness.
I know that even spiritual sacrifices are acceptable to God only through Christ Jesus, (242) nor can I hope to receive anything but what I ask of you in his name; (243) and therefore bless me in the Beloved, (244) that other angel who put much incense to the prayers of the saints and offers them up on the golden altar before the throne. (245)
I come in the name of the great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, who is able to sympathize with my weaknesses, (246) and is therefore able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. (247)
Behold, O God, my shield, and look on the face of your Anointed, (248) in whom you have by a voice from heaven declared yourself to be well pleased; Lord, be well pleased with me in him. (249)”
Sing or play a song of worship to God. Here’s a suggestion …
Come, Holy Spirit. Come.
A time of silent waiting …
In the powerful Name of Jesus,
220 Ps 4:6-7
221 Ps 119:58
222 2 Cor 5:9
228 Ps 141:2.
229 Rom 8:26.
230 Zech 12:10.
231 Rom 8:15.
232 Ps 43:3-4.
233 Ps 51:15.
234 Lev 10:3.
235 Ps 86:9.
236 Ps 50:15.
237 Rom 11:36.
238 Dan 9:18.
239 Ezra 9:15.
240 Ps 130:3.
241 Jer 23:6.
242 1 Pet 2:5.
243 John 16:23.
244 Eph 1:6.
245 Rev 8:3.
246 Heb 4:14-15.
247 Heb 7:25.
248 Ps 84:9.
249 Matt 3:17.
Excerpt From: Henry, Matthew. “Matthew Henry’s Method for Prayer (ESV 1st Person Version).” Matthew Henry. iBooks.
Used by permission: Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, alliancenet.org: https://www.matthewhenry.org
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Repost from May 12, 2013 blog post: WWJD