Sunday, November 4, 2007

Women of the Bible - Anna; A patient prayer

After our women's lunch I was inspired to learn more about the women of the Bible and also share it with you.

Anna's story is told to us in 3 short verses in Luke.
(Context: Joseph and Mary are presenting baby Jesus at the temple.)

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
Luke 2:36-38

What can we learn from Anna?

It could have been easy for her to sink into despair when her husband died after only 7 months of marriage. Instead she devoted her life to God, worshiping in the temple for many, many years. When we face a difficult situation do we sit and yell at God, or do we praise him in all things?

Anna waited on God's timing. She had been praying and waiting for the Messiah for ages! It would be so easy to give up after a year or two. But Anna waited and continued to pray - and God rewarded her by allowing her to see the Messiah she was waiting for.

Prayer is such a powerful thing. It is so 'easy' to do that we sometimes forget it's significance. When we feel there is nothing we can do about a situation - pray about it. When we have so much to do - pray first.

The prayer of a righteous man (or woman) is powerful and effective. James 5:16

And finally, Anna told everyone around her about the Good news.


Meredith said...


I think that your idea of having a Letters To A Younger Sister blog is so smart and a great way to practice Titus 2 in your life. It is so important for us to make an effort to influence younger girls in a positive way. That was one of the original intents of my blog, but not that many younger girls read it!! Hopefully it will still be used to encourage others. Anyways, I enjoy reading yours and think you are doing a wonderful thing! :)

Anonymous said...

great story but she had been married for 7 years not 7 months. thanks again God bless. Jonny

Sarah said...

Thank You! This is just what I needed for my mom's group! We are studying patience and Anna is perfect.