Praying the Benedictus 7

Praying the Benedictus 7

Luke 1: 74-75 “to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.”

Zechariah realises that the strength of the Messiah is for the redeeming of God’s people and the saving of their lives from their enemies. But we are not just saved and set free we are enabled to live without fear and for that to be seen in what we do and who we are (in holiness and righteousness).

Can you imagine this?

To be Christians who do not fear the enemy or what the enemy can do to us, can you imagine?

In all that we do and who we are … No Fear. Can you imagine this for a moment?

Christians unable to worry because of the presence of the Lord.

Not fearing not getting. Not fearing not being a certain person.

Isolation would flee because we would not be afraid of being rejected and hurt again.

Arrogance would die because we would not be afraid of serving someone else and being second.

Insecurity would vanish because we would not be afraid of losing what we have.

Can you imagine?

Christians unable to worry because of the presence of the Lord.

Love not hate. Pure not destructive words. Servant-leadership not spiritual abuse. Encouraging what is not exaggerating what isn’t. Can you imagine?

Church members would be kind, not easily angered or offended.

Church leaders would be gracious and lead with hearts of love and a big embrace to all.

Preachers would preach love and not to settle some scores.

Christians unable to worry because of the presence of the Lord.

Wives would love their husbands.

Husbands would lay their lives down for their wives.

We would rejoice with those who rejoice and not feel threatened that a church round the corner seems to be doing better than our church. Neither would we go and join it.

Leaders would unite in towns and cities for the good of the people and the Gospel.

Christians unable to worry because of the presence of the Lord.

Children would want to walk in the ancient paths of their parents and parents would make it easy to do so by modernising those paths.

No one would be shunned and left out.

All would be invited to the party.

Christians unable to worry because of the presence of the Lord.

Can you imagine? I can.

Prayer

Dear Holy and Righteous God

I do not want to serve you with fear of not being who I can be and doing what I can do.

I welcome your presence into my life today so that this kind of selfish fear can leave me.

Forgive me for my responses, reactions, decisions, thoughts and actions that have come about simply because I was fearing.

I commit to change.

I reach out to those nearest to me and to the strangers that I will meet with love, humility and grace.

When they are with me I want them to experience faith not fear.

I imagine a different world.

Fill me with your presence so that I can live without fear.

Amen

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