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Lord, I can only imagine the joy-filled praise that flowed from Mary’s and Elizabeth’s hearts as they shared the good news of the coming Messiah. Yet my joy should be even greater because, while they were anticipating the arrival of the Messiah in the future, I have the opportunity to be in Your presence every day. I have Your Holy Spirit in me, and I can come before Your throne in prayer at anytime.

Today I come before You in praise. I exalt You, for You are my Lord and King and I am grateful to be Your child. I love You and thank You that You came to earth as my Savior, Healer, Deliverer, and Comforter.

I will continually offer the sacrifice of praise to You for I know that in doing so, You are well pleased. May my heart be so full of praise for You that I cannot contain it. May I be so filled with the joy of knowing You that it overflows from me and onto all who see me.

In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

(Stormie Omartian, The Power of Christmas Prayer, page 57)

“He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.” (Luke 1:49)

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