Mary has an incredible story; I think we would all agree. To be chosen to be the mother of Jesus, the Savior of the world, is quite an honor. But honestly, when it comes to Christmas I don’t usually think too much about her—my focus is mostly on Jesus and all He came to do for me. But this year the Lord really highlighted something in her story that has changed the way I am praying.
I have had a hard year. I am actually really ready for it to be over, except that unfortunately the changing of the calendar does not instantaneously change my life.
I have poured my heart out to God this year: I have prayed, cried, screamed, accused, cried, fought, declared, cried some more. Did I mention I have cried? My daughter told me one day my eyes were so puffy she thought I must be allergic to my eye cream. I didn’t have the heart to tell her no, I just cry all the time right now.
And now I have come to a place I don’t even know what to pray anymore. I’m out of words. I’m out of direction. I’m at the end of myself. And here in this place the Lord directed me to the most gloriously simple, beautiful prayer that I have never noticed before. I’ve read it. But I’ve never seen it.
You know how that is— something so common that you’ve heard or seen a million times – but then one day you really see it for the first time. That is what happened with this prayer from Luke Chapter 1. The angel appears to Mary to tell her she will be the mother of the Messiah Israel has long awaited. She doesn’t really understand how this will happen, and she definitely doesn’t comprehend what it means for her life, but in the most beautifully simple but incredibly profound way she says, “Let it be done to me exactly as You have said.”
And this is where the Lord stopped me and told me, Here in this place where you don’t know what to pray, where you don’t know what to believe, simply say with all the faith you can muster, “Let it be done to me exactly as You have said.” And with that simple prayer I line my life up with God’s perfect will, I say yes to whatever He has for me. I say no to my plans, the enemy’s plans, and to the accusations and lies I have believed that try to lay claim to my life. I say yes to what God says about me. I say yes to all the good He has for me, all the hope He has for me, all the promises He has declared over my life.
Because the even more beautiful thing is what came right before Mary’s statement. The angel said to her, “For the word of God will never fail.” Could you just cry? You know I am because that’s all I do these days.God will never make a promise He cannot keep. His word will never fail. His words will never be proven untrue. It’s impossible. He cannot lie; He cannot exaggerate; He cannot stretch the truth. He is truth. There is no shadow of turning in Him. He supplies His words, or promises, with the power needed to make it happen. Mary did not have to figure out how to become the virgin mother of Jesus. She just agreed with what God promised and waited.
What if we just stood as Christmas approaches, as 2016 comes to an end, and we look towards 2017 and together we say to Jesus, “Let it be done to me (and my family, my community, my nation) exactly as You have said.”
For the word of God will never fail. Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” (Luke 1:37-38, NLT)
Father, I line myself up with everything You say about me, all the thoughts You have for me, all the plans You have for me… and I say, yes. I say I not only want what You want, I will believe what You say more than my feelings or my circumstances or my past. All Your promises are yes and amen in Christ Jesus. So flood my heart with the hope that comes from believing You, no matter how this year is ending or what next year holds. You are good, and You have me. Your Word is the final say over my life.
Author: Brooke Kireta