"My soul magnifies the Lord." Who said those words? What do they mean?
In this special bonus episode we take a deeper look at Mary's prayer in Luke 1 and how we can pray them ourselves led by co-hosts Ron and Angela Oltmanns.
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In season four we have been praying through some of the letters in the Bible, but today we take a break from that to look at a special prayer from the gospel of Luke: Mary's prayer as she meets her older cousin Elizabeth and shares the gracious news of how God has blessed both of them with unexpected pregnancies.
Luke 1 -2 has four separate songs or prayers offered by different people: Mary, Zechariah, a chorus of angels to the shepherds, and Simeon in the temple. Each one is traditionally referred to by a Latin title like "Magnificat" or "Gloria in excelsis Deo", but there is nothing mystical about the words. In this episode we listen to the first prayer, Mary's song in Luke 1:46-55. It echoes several much older songs from the Old Testament such as Exodus 15 and most strikingly Hannah's prayer in 1 Samuel 2:1-10. The themes and language speak of God's great reversals and his salvation for his people, the poor and oppressed and those overlooked.
While we use Mary's song, the Magnificat, to grow closer to God in this season, we can't exhaust the riches in this part of scripture. You can go deeper into it on your own using our four step process. You can download the helpsheet that details and demonstrates the four step process we use on First Fifteen using Psalm 1.
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