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Praying Thanks – Part 3

An outline for a prayer of thanksgiving from Matthew Henry’s, Method for Prayer.

We have reason to thank God for the spiritual mercies he has shown to Christians,

  1. For the strivings of the Holy Spirit with us and the admonitions and checks of our own consciences.
  2. For the saving change brought about in us by his blessed Spirit.
  3. For the remission of our sins, and the peace of our consciences.
  4. For the influences of grace in sanctification and perseverance.
  5. For sweet communion with God in holy ordinances and the communications of his favor.
  6. For gracious answers to our prayers.
  7. For support under our afflictions, and spiritual benefit and advantage by them.
  8. For the performance of God’s promises.
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Written by Joe Holland

November 29, 2008 at 5:06 am

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Praying Thanks – Part 2

An outline for a prayer of thanksgiving from Matthew Henry’s, Method for Prayer.

We should thank God for the goodness of his grace relating to our souls, their future in heaven, and for God’s blessing on his church,

  1. For his gracious design and provision of man’s redemption adn salvation, when he was lost and undone by sin.
  2. For the eternal purpose and counsels of God concerning man’s redemption.
  3. For appointing a Redeemer, gracious condescension to fallen men, and provision for the broken Adamic covenant.
  4. For the early and ancient indication of the gracious design concerning fallen men.
  5. For the many glorious instances of God’s favor to the Old Testament church.
  6. For the wonderful and mysterious incarnation of the Son of God, and His coming into the world.
  7. For God’s gracious appointment of Christ, and his upholding of him in his great work of redemption.
  8. For his holy life, his excellent doctrine, and the glorious miracles he did to confirm his doctrine.
  9. For the great encouragement Christ gave to poor sinners to come to him.
  10. For the full satisfaction which he made to the justice of God for the sin of man, by the blood of his cross, for the purchases, victories, and triumphs of the cross, and for all the precious benefits which flow to us from the dying of our Lord Jesus.
  11. For his resurrection from the dead on the third day.
  12. For his ascension into heaven, and his sitting at God’s right hand.
  13. For the intercession which he ever lives to make for us.
  14. For the dominion and sovereignty to which the Redeemer is exalted.
  15. For the assurance we have of his second coming to judge the world.
  16. For the sending of the Holy Spirit to comfort and support us in the absence of Christ’s bodily presence, to carry on his undertaking, and to prepare things for his second coming.
  17. For the covenant of grace made with us in Christ, and all the privileges, signs and seals of it.
  18. For the writing of the Scriptures, and the preserving of them pure and entire to our day.
  19. For the institution of ordinances for the church, and particularly that of the gospel ministry.
  20. For the planting of Christianity  in the world, and the establishment of the church, despite the oppositions of hell.
  21. For the preservation of Christianity in the world to this day.
  22. For the martyrs, confessors, lights of the church, and good examples of those who are gone before us to heaven.
  23. For the communion of the saints, that spiritual fellowship which we have with all good Christians.
  24. For the prospect and hope of eternal life, when time and days shall be no more.

Written by Joe Holland

November 28, 2008 at 5:06 am

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Praying Thanks – Part 1

An outline for a prayer of thanksgiving from Matthew Henry’s, Method for Prayer.

  1. Stir up yourself to praise God by considering both the reason and the encouragement we have to praise Him.
  2. Be particular with your thanksgiving to God.  You have reason to thank him,
    1. For how he has shown us his goodness in his Word, the Bible.
    2. For the many instances of his goodness.
      1. This includes the goodness of his sovereign care over our bodies and the life that we now live:
        1. With reference to all of creation, and mankind in general.
        2. With reference to us, his people in particular.
          1. He has given us reasoning minds and has made use capable of knowing, loving, serving, and enjoying him; unlike the animals.
          2. For our preservation; our lives are prolonged, and we have continuing use of our reason, body, and senses.
          3. For remarkable recoveries from danger by sickness or otherwise.
          4. For the supports and comforts of this life, which have made our earthly pilgrimage easy and pleasant.
          5. For success in our vocations and affairs, blessings in relationships, and comfortable places to live.
          6. For our freedoms as citizens of this country.

Written by Joe Holland

November 27, 2008 at 5:05 am

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Being Thankful with Matthew Henry

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart

-King David, Psalm 138:1

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I’m sitting her in my study wishing that Thanksgiving were already here.  I can almost taste the food.  I can almost hear the laughter inducing fun.  I can almost feel the warmth of my house with my family all gathered in.  It is a wonderful time of year to take stock of God’s blessings and thank him.

Even a cursory study of the Bible on a Christian’s response to God for his goodness would overwhelm you with the word, “thanksgiving”.  A Christian — out of all people — is someone who should be profoundly thankful.  A Christian knows that his sins have been forgiven by God’s grace alone.  A Christian has been freed from trying to earn God’s pleasure having been given it freely instead.  A Christian even has his sorrows tailor made for him by God for spiritual growth.  A Christian truly knows where all his blessings in this life come from — God Almighty.

But even knowing these things doesn’t always lead the Christian to prayer.  There are times that we need the help of others to formulate our thoughts on Thanksgiving.  To help us in our prayers of thanksgiving I’m going to ask Matthew Henry to guest blog portions of his Method for Prayer over these next three days.  He’ll take three posts to provide you with an outline of how to be thankful in prayer. May it lead you thankfully to the Throne of Grace!

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Written by Joe Holland

November 26, 2008 at 1:05 pm

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How God Answers Prayer – Series Index

According to the statistics on my blog, the single most popular series I have ever written has been my series on How God Answers Prayer.  They aren’t that easy to find outside of a search so I decided to post an indexed list to that series.

How God Answers Prayer Series:

Written by Joe Holland

October 30, 2008 at 5:00 am

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Ceaseless

I preached last Sunday on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. I’ve been taking my time preaching through Paul’s closing exhortations in this rich letter. I tried to answer what a Christian’s response should be to God’s grace displayed in the covenant of grace.

Paul summarizes Christian virtue under three responses to God’s grace:

  1. Joy
  2. Prayer
  3. Thanks

I took time to examine how these responses are part of the restoration of God’s original intention for man. Man was intended to respond to God’s glory with deep affection–joy. Man was intended to respond to God’s invitation to relationship–prayer. Man was intended to respond to God’s gracious and sovereign provision–thanksgiving.

I then turned to examine the nature of the three responses, each being modified with the concept of “never ceasing”. It is “always” joy. It is “ceaseless” prayer. It is “all circumstances” thanksgiving. I attempted to show how the cross alone enables the Christian to posses these “ceaseless responses” to God’s grace regardless of the circumstances of life.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Ceaseless

Written by Joe Holland

May 18, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Terry Johnson Prayer Handout

Terry Johnson, pastor of Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, GA, has graciously provided the handout for his Twin Lakes Fellowship seminar on The Pastor’s Public Prayer. It is included below and next to the audio link for the seminar at the Twin Lakes Audio post.

There were actually two handouts. This is the second handout–a more thorough description and example of what the different forms of prayer might look like. For a condensed version of the first handout see my summary of Terry’s seminar. Terry has sent along the other handout as well which you can find below and along with audio.

Written by Joe Holland

April 16, 2008 at 8:14 pm