A Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry
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Religion is so mucli the business of our lives, and the worship of God so much the business of our religion, that what hath a sincere intention, and probable tendency, to promote and assist the acts of religious worship, I think cannot be unacceptable to any that heartily wish well to the interest of God skingdom among men. For if we have spiritual senses exercised, true devotion, that aspiring flame of pious affection to God, as far as in a judgment of charity we discern it in others (though in different shapes and dresses, which may seem uncouth to one another) cannot but appear beautiful and amiable, and, as far as we feel it in our own breasts, cannot but be found very pleasant and comfortable. Prayer is a principal branch of religious worship, which we are moved to by the very light of nature, and obliged to by some of its fundamental laws. Pythagoras golden verses begin with this precept. Whatever men made a god of, they prayed to; Deliver me, for thou art my God, I sa. xliv. 17. Nay, whatever they prayed to, they made a god of Deos qui rogat ille facit. It is a piece of respect and homage so exactly consonant to the natural ideas which all men have of God, that it is certain, those that live without prayer, live without God in the world. Prayer is the solemn and religious offering up of devout acknowledgments and desires to God, or a sincere representation of holy affections, with a design to give unto God the glory due unto his Name thereby, and to obtain from him promised favours, and both through the Mediator. Our English word Prayer is too strait, for that properly signifies Petition or Request; whereas humble adorations of God, and thanksgivings to him, are as necessary in prayer as any other part of it. The Greek word Proseuche, from Euche, is a vow directed to God. The Latin word Votum is used for prayer. Jonah smariners, with their sacrifices,
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About Matthew Henry

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Matthew Henry (1662-1714), un comentarista no conformista de la Biblia, nacio en Gales, Inglaterra. Su padre lo educo en la casa y tambien en una academia de Islington. En 1687 Matthew Henry fue ordenado como pastor presbiteriano y se hizo pastor en Chester, donde sirvio desde 1687 hasta 1712. Los ultimos dos anos de su vida fue pastor en Hackney, cerca de Londres. En 1714, mientras predicaba en Chester, murio y lo entarraron alli. Se caso dos veces y tuvo nueve hijas y un hijo. Matthew Henry fue un ministro del evangelio fiel, devoto y ortodoxo. Fue un amoroso pastor de almas y un padre espiritual sabio.
Published June 26, 2012 by Forgotten Books. 578 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Religion & Spirituality.

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