there was one, Anna, …a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart
from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. (Luke
faithfulness allows God to reveal greater insight to you than to the less
faithful. Faithfulness brings opportunities to you that are not given to the
unfaithful. God takes pleasure in answering prayers that come from a faithful
had been a widow for many years. In her day, a widow had little status in
society and was virtually helpless on her own. Anna spent her time, day and
night, in prayer and fasting in the temple. As she prayed, she yearned to see
the Messiah. God chose few people to encounter the Savior when He was born,
revealing His Son only to those whose hearts were faithful and pure. Anna was
one of those few. Jesus would later say to His followers, “Blessed are your eyes
for they see, and your ears for they hear . . . it has been given to you to
know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given”
(Matt. 13:16, 11).
continued faithfully in prayer until her prayer was answered. The answer to her
prayers did not come immediately. In fact, it came near the end of her life.
But God honored her faithfulness. God’s redemptive plan to send the Messiah
included answering the prayers of a humble widow.
praying may mean a lifetime of waiting to receive an answer. God is looking for
intercessors who are willing to continue to pray and to believe until they see