In fact, it is the prayer of Jesus’ mother, Mary, from Luke chapter 1.
Mary prayed this upon visiting her cousin Elizabeth. She had realized the magnitude of the promise that had been given her and the significance of her unborn baby. It is a beautiful expression of worship and a profound declaration of truth. But why has it been outlawed?
The public praying of this prayer has often been outlawed (mostly in Latin America). It is because it proclaims the Lordship of Jesus over every other authority. This makes tyrants nervous. It is about the coming of a different kind of King – one who will scatter the proud, and bring down the mighty.
We must never forget that the Gospel proclaims that Jesus is a King. Those who resist His rule will hate that fact but it is a glorious truth. As we head closer to Christmas, let’s not forget that it is not all about warm fuzzy holiday sentiments. It is also the celebration of the coming of our King.
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”