Call to the Prayer Warriors: 12/5/13
“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, ‘Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ And Mary said, ‘Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her” ~ Luke 1:26-38.
Note the difference between Mary’s response to Gabriel’s news today as opposed to Zacharias’ response yesterday. Gabriel gave Zacharias the news of the conception and birth of John, and Zacharias questioned it with doubt saying, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years.” He looked at the weakness of the flesh and doubted. But how did Mary respond?
One thing is that she too asked a question, not out of doubt, but out of wonder, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” Another way of saying what she was asking is “How will God accomplish this?” She was not doubting that God could do it, but wondering how He would do it.
Gabriel patiently responded to her query, bringing Mary’s reply and our example of faith today, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.”
Faith requires that we remember our place with God and His with us. A bondslave trusts the Master completely. Mary had a close relationship with God, trusting Him enough that she was not afraid to question Him / His messenger, and she knew how to ask. A bondslave then quickly surrenders to God’s bidding out of a faith based on love and respect. A faith filled bondslave bows to the Lord with this same attitude, “May it be done to me according to your word”; and it does so despite any fearful thing that may come. Mary knew the law regarding a sexually active, unwed woman. But she bowed in faith anyway, knowing that the God who could perform such a wonder could surely protect its completion.
This story of faith always challenges my own. I read this and I have to ask myself, “How is your faith, Darlene? Do you trust God enough to surrender yourself to His Lordship even when it may mean your demise?” Consider your circumstances and situations where faith is required of you, beloved. How is your faith? Do you really trust the Lord to accomplish His will in your life, knowing He who wills it will protect its completion in and through you? Are your queries made to the Lord filled with doubt, or wonder? In these days we are coming into, beloved, the strength of our faith is vital if we are to whether the coming storms of life. Pray today for God to increase your measure of faith (Romans 12:3).