Google+ 12/31/13 Be Present, Pray and Praise!

Luke 2:35-38

 

As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.

And a sword will pierce your very soul.”

Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple.

She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old.

Her husband died when they had been married only seven years.

Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four.

She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer.

She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God.

She talked about the child to everyone

Who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.

 

In part six of our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "Christmas and the Manger Live Forever!" Luke introduces us to a sweet spirit named Anna.  This is a lady that the New Testament tells us that the church must take care of all her days.  We know nothing about Anna except what Luke shares with us here in chapter 2.  All we know is that she is a faithful woman from the tribe of Asher.  She was married for seven years and her husband died.  Here is the startling and humbling fact for all of us as Christians.  When Mary and Joseph arrive at the temple, Anna is eighty-four and she has never left the temple!  What a prayer warrior and servant!!!  She happens along as Simeon is speaking with Mary and Joseph.  What does she do?  She begins praising God and sets about telling everyone, who has been waiting for God to rescue Jerusalem, that the Messiah has been born.  God provides both male and female Christians as perfect examples of how we should behave and what we should do.  In both cases, Simeon and Anna are witnesses to the miraculous dedication of Jesus Christ.  Why them?  Listen carefully so that we don't miss this point.  They were there!  They showed up and were obedient.  They were not supernatural.  They were no different than any of us.  They were simply doing what devote Christians do.  They were in the temple every day, praying and praising God.  When that happens, we are often witnesses to great, Godly miracles.  I can testify that this is truly the case in my life.  Most of the miraculous works I have seen God do simply happened because I showed up when God called.  Luke is a man of great detail because of his background as a physician.  This apostle simply did not want us to miss any detail about these two precious souls.  Let's honor him, and God, by making sure that we understand how to be like Simeon and Anna.  It really is very simple to be God's children if we are obedient and listen.  "Be Present, Pray, and Praise!"