Daily Prayer Guide: Wednesday Dec 23

Scripture Reading

Luke 1: 39-56

“Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly, “You’re so blessed among women, and the babe in your womb, also blessed! And why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord visits me?” The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears, The babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy. Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true! And Mary said, I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened—I’m the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten, the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others. His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him. He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts. He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud. The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold. He embraced his chosen child, Israel; he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high. It’s exactly what he promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now. Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months and then went back to her own home.” [Excerpted from Eugene Peterson’s, The Message]

Mary didn’t waste a minute sharing the good news of what God was doing in her life with Elizabeth. She was so filled with joy and with the power of the Holy Spirit that she could hardly contain herself. What a world we would live in, if we all could simply not refrain from bursting out with the uncontainable joy found in knowing God’s love.

Pause

  • and find a space of stillness; close your eyes, make yourself comfortable, pay attention to your breath, your internal and external sensations
  • in this space, reflect on a time in your life when you have been filled with the Holy Spirit; remember the genuine joy and truth experienced in this moment

Pray

  • that you might be inspired and awestruck by Mary’s faith, and in this inspiration that you might burst forth with Good News, dance and sing the song of your Savior, and embrace a sense of being the most fortunate person on earth because you are showered with the blessings of love, mercy and compassion

Before you leave your home

  • consider ways that you might bring the Good News into your daily actions and interactions, maintaining a sense of your partnership with the Holy Spirit when going out into your day and into the world

Written by Mariah Lefeber

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