After the angel visited young Mary (Luke 1:26ff), after Mary gave her consent to the plan, after Mary told her cousin Elizabeth what had happened, after pregnant Elizabeth confessed to Mary that “as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy,” Mary gave a speech.
Her soliloquy comes close to a verbatim quotation of one given by the mother of a revered prophet in Israel’s history (1 Samuel 2:1). Call them prayers, if you want. But if they qualify as prayers, then popular assumptions about prayer need careful reevaluation. Never once does either woman ask for a thing. Maybe because they have already been given so much? Instead, they both say “thank you.”
“With all my heart I praise the Lord, and I am glad because of God my Savior. He cares for me, his humble servant. … He drags strong rulers from their thrones and puts humble people in places of power….