By Lisa Huddleston

And Mary said,
“My soul exalts the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.”
(Luke 1:46-48)

I was recently honored to gather with a small group of believers from The Village Chapel simply for the purpose of prayer. Okay, we ate, too; but, after a delicious dinner, we prayed. And, boy, did these folks pray! Having been asked to be the one to close our time together, I was humbled beyond measure as I considered what I could add to these faithful souls’ words. I confess, about half-way around the circle, I began to worry a little. They really covered the needs with prayer.

Forgive my wandering mind, but aside from worrying about what I could add to the prayer, I also began to notice the variety of those who were praying. Their styles were so different. Some prayed in strong exclamations. Some used unpolished phrases and raw ideas. Others’ tone of voice expressed the sweetness of their words and the tenderness of their hearts. We were a varied and delightfully diverse group with different religious backgrounds as well as individual manners and habits. Some carefully closed “In Jesus’ Name.” Others simply stopped speaking leaving me to wonder more than once if it were my turn to speak.

And after some time, it really was my turn. I was surprised by the thoughts that came to my mind. I voiced that I was so honored that God would choose to use us as the means to accomplish His work in the world. And I realized that was the glue for our gathering, the common ground upon which we knelt. We believed, and because we did, we trusted God with our most difficult needs, with our greatest joys, with our passions, and with our hopes. We believed, and we knew that He heard and was already at work on the issues He had placed on our hearts to lift before Him.

Praise be to the God who has a regard for the humble state of His children. Our souls magnify Him every time we reveal our faith in Him through prayer. For behold, the work He begins in every gathering of prayer affects the whole world, including the generations to come who will count us blessed for keeping and sharing the faith. Amen and amen!

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