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Magnificat: Mary’s Magnificent Prayer

Can you imagine the Virgin Mary’s puzzlement and awe when Gabriel, the Angel of God, appeared before her? Then even more puzzling and awesome, the Angel announced that God had chosen her to bear His Son! Immediately, Mary believed him but, naturally, had questions. Gabriel answered, explaining how the Holy Spirit would come upon her or, as many translations say, “overshadow” her. As Mary took this all in, Gabriel went on to tell her something only Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah knew: that the elderly couple would soon have their first child. By then, Elizabeth was only three months away from the birth of a son, who would become known as John the Baptist. But, perhaps because of her age or Zechariah’s temporary muteness as a result of his unbelief or because she didn’t know how people would respond after years of taunting her for being barren – for whatever reason, Elizabeth had kept herself confined for six months. Surely she needed help! And, now with child herself,

A Bible prayer to begin Advent

This year, Advent began on the first day of December and will continue to Christmas week. The timing is appropriate since the very word “Advent” comes from a Latin root, which means “come” or “coming.” Therefore, this special season of the church calls on Christians from every part of the Body of Christ to prepare the way for the Lord in our individual and corporate lives. May Paul's prayer help us to get started in this year’s advent ure into Advent: 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24, 28 – a prayer of Paul Dear God, sanctify us through and through – through You – our God of peace. May our whole bodies, souls, and spirits be free of blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, for You are faithful and can do anything! May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all. from the Book of Bible Prayers – actual prayers collected from the Bible and paraphrased by Mary Harwell Sayler , ©2019 For those who prefer the King James Version of t

The Bible Prayer of Jesus

“Thou art my father, my God,” Psalm 89:26. Our Father which art in heaven “The Lord our God is holy,” Psalm 99:9. Hallowed be Thy name. “Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,” Psalm 145:13. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done “I will be exalted in the earth,” Psalm 46:10. in earth, as it is in heaven . “And the Lord God humbled you, let you hunger, then fed you with manna….to make you know that we do not live by bread alone, but by every word from the mouth of the Lord,” Deuteronomy 8:3. Give us this day our daily bread . “Hear in heaven Your dwelling place and forgive! To those whose hearts You know, let it be according to their ways – for You, Lord, You alone, know the hearts of all,” 1 Kings 8:39. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors . “Listen, O Shepherd of Israel, You Who lead us like a flock,” Psalm 80:1. And lead us not into temptation , “Fear the Lord your God, and God will deliver you from the hands of all your enemies,” 2 Kings 17:39.

The song of Mary, Mother of Jesus

Magnificat My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord! My spirit rejoices in God my Savior! God favored me, His lowly servant, and from this day all generations will call me blessed. The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name. In every generation God has mercy on those who awe and honor Him. With strength of arm that can be seen, God scatters the pride of the proud. From high places, He casts down the mighty and lifts the lowly to new heights. God fills with good things those who hunger for Him but sends away those too filled with themselves to know they are empty. God comes to help His people! He remembers well the promise of mercy made to our forefathers and foremothers – to Abraham and the children of God forever. ©2012 Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrase of Luke 1:46-55