We've seen some of Matthew Henry's prayers. Now, courtesy of J.I. Packer's article, "The Puritans and the Lord's Day" from Puritan Papers, Vol. 1., here is a quote from Henry on the Lord's Day.
"The Sabbath," wrote Matthew Henry, "is a sacred and divine institution, but we must receive and embrace it as a privilege and a benefit, not a task and a drudger [sic]. First ,God never designed it to be an imposition upon us, and therefore we must not make it so to ourselves...Secondly, God did design it to be an advantage to us, and so we must make and improve it...He had some regard to our bodies in the institution, that they might rest...He had much more regard for our souls. The Sabbath was made a day of rest, only in order to its being a day of holy work, a day of communion with God, a day of praise and thanksgiving, and the rest from worldly business is therefore necessary, that we may closely apply ourselves to this work, and spend the whole time in it, in public and private...See here what a good master we serve all whose institutions are for our own benefit..." (On Mark 2:27).
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