And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord,” (Luke 1:46)
Holy Spirit, please move in our souls as you did with Mary.
“And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:47)
Jesus, we rejoice because of the salvation you have worked for us.
“For he has regarded the lowly state of his maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.” (Luke 1:48 )
Father, thank you for regarding Mary and all those of low estate. We bless you for what you have done in their lives.
“For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” (Luke 1:49)
Father, please help us keep your name holy; thank you for all that you have done for us.
“And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation.” (Luke 1:50)
Jesus, help us fear to offend your father and help us daily remember his great mercy of sending you to redeem and save us.
“He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.” (Luke 1:51)
Jesus, please scatter the proud in government and business who have gold-plated health care and pensions but deny basic coverage to others.
“He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly.” (Luke 1:52)
Jesus, please topple from power those who misuse their power, and raise up and provide for the lost and the least.
“He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.” (Luke 1:53)
Father, thank you for your justice and mercy.
“He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,” (Luke 1:54)
Father, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
“As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever.” (Luke 1:55)
Holy Spirit, as you spoke to prior generations and brought them to repentance and new life in Christ Jesus, do that with our generation — for this generation has gone astray.
A word received: Pray for my word to be written on my people’s hearts.
A word received 6/4/2009: Pray for this nation.
Pray for wise and godly men and women who will lead my people in my ways.
Pray for the courts, that they will do true justice.
Pray for the Congress and the legislatures, that they will have a spirit of wisdom and discernment.
Pray for the President and the Governors, that their hearts will be turned into my ways.
A word received 6/25/2009: Pray for the President.
Pray for my work in his heart and mind.
Pray for wise and godly counselors for him.
Pray for wisdom in the storm.
Pray that he will look to me rather than opinion polls.
Pray for my word to lodge in his heart.
Sunday: 8, 84; Genesis3:18-15; Revelation 12:1-10; John 3:16-21
Monday: 112, 115; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Titus 1:1-16; Luke 1:1-25
Notes from the Front Line
***** I would like each of us to commit to a half-hour of concentrated prayer and thanksgiving for Fr. Nigel and Lynn. Choose any half-hour of the day or night on Tuesday, December 22nd.