And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then as a widow to the age of eighty four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.
Anna had a focus, a purpose, and she was clearly dedicated to serve the Lord. She possessed perseverance, hope, and power. Her influence was that of spiritual influence, and she was brimming with the Spirit of God. When Joseph and Mary brougth Jesus to the temple to be dedicated, Anna was there. It was the moment she had been waiting for, the moment she had been praying for. Her prayers influenced the coming of Christ Jesus! She understood intercession and the power that prayer represented. She was a watchman in the temple, awaiting the coming of the Savior.
God is raising up women like Anna today. He is looking for women that will intercede and take hold of the spiritual influence He wants to grant them. He is ready to equip them with zeal, authority, power, and courage to influence the nations through Jesus.
Anna knew how to pray and she knew the voice of God. She was able to persevere and patiently wait on the promise of God. This is my prayer for myself and for you. There are specific promises that God has spoken over me, and I too want to persevere in those promises. I want to know how to patiently wait for Him to follow through. Anna fasted and prayed in the temple for over 60 years!
Is there a promise God has given you that calls you to patiently persevere ? Are you interceding before His throne in great anticipation of that promise? Do you fall before Him in worship, submitting to Him your daily life? Do you see that He is working a masterpiece of beauty within you?
Today I pray for all women to follow the example of Anna. To rise up in the authority He has given us, and influence others for Christ Jesus. To watch for the Savior in our lives and our opportunities, and to persevere with great courage!