A. First, we must from the heart call upon the one true God only, who has revealed Himself in His Word, for all that He has commanded us to pray. Second, we must thoroughly know our need and misery, so that we may humble ourselves before God. Third, we must rest on this firm foundation that, although we do not deserve it, God will certainly hear our prayer for the sake of Christ our Lord, as He has promised us in His Word.
 Ps. 145:18-20; John 4:22-24; Rom. 8:26, 27; James 1:5; I John 5:14, 15; Rev. 19:10.  II Chron. 7:14; 20:12; Ps. 2:11; 34:18; 62:8; Is. 66:2; Rev. 4.  Dan. 9:17-19; Matt. 7:8; John 14:13, 14; 16:23; Rom. 10:13; James 1:6.
Let us now lift up our hearts, with our eyes and hands, to God in heaven. Lamentations 3:41
Unto you, O Lord, do we lift up our souls. Psalm 25:1
Let us now with confidence enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh. Hebrews 10:19-20
Let us now worship God, who is spirit, in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. John 4:23–24
Matthew Henry, A Method For Prayer
Every Monday (or every once in a while on a Monday) ws harbor likes to dedicate a post to Matthew Henry. Henry (10/18/1662 – 06/22/1714) was a commentator on the Bible and Presbyterian minister of the Gospel. We recommend his works for devotional purposes.
I have not had the rule which I ought to have had over my own spirit, which has therefore been like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:28
I have been quick in my spirit to become angry, and anger has lodged in my bosom. Ecclesiastes 7:9 And when my spirit has been made bitter, I have spoken rashly with my lips, Psalm 106:33 and have been guilty of that clamor and bitterness which should have been put far from me. Ephesians 4:31
My covetousness and love of the world.
I have sought great things for myself when you have said, “Seek them not.” Jeremiah 45:5
My sensuality and flesh-pleasing.
I have set my mind on the things of the flesh more than the things of the Spirit, Romans 8:5 and have lived on the earth in luxury and in self – indulgence, and have fattened my heart in a day of slaughter. James 5:5
I have made provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires, Romans 13:14 even those passions which wage war against my soul; 1 Peter 2:11 and in many instances, I have acted as if I had been a lover of pleasure rather than a lover of God. 2 Timothy 3:4