This message was part of the ‘How to Pray’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Fallowfield in early 2018. The full series included the following sermons:
This sermon was based on Luke 1:46-55.
Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat
46And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
Come to God with Your Helplessness, Pride and Hunger
- Take time to surrender to God
- Tell him what’s really going on
- It’s okay to Cry to him
Read Scripture Daily
- Start with the Gospels
- Maybe use a devotional
- Meet up with someone
Don’t See Mission as an Optional Extra
- Mary was a servant and said yes to the call of God
- God calls us to “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly” with Him