Just suppose! You had been married for only seven years when God called your husband home.
You could be very angry, discouraged, depressed, or one bitter lady. However, you could go the other direction, reach eighty four, and look back at what God had allowed you to do; you had “never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.”
Because of my nature, prayer is not the easiest thing in my life. The devil sees to it that I have to fight to get in time to pray. My “busyness” becomes an imposition in my thinking and I have to fight to have a decent prayer life. Think of a lady who has been praying for seventy seven years for basically the one particular prayer, “She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.” (v37) When she beheld the Christ child, note that it says “at that very moment she came up, “and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.”
Praying for something specific for seventy-seven years and suddenly walking up and seeing Jesus, knew her prayers were answered. The Apostle Paul had a problem and after three times, He felt that the “thorn in the flesh” had been prayed for sufficiently and ended up saying, basically, God is going to use this for His glory. That’s enough!
Now she continues to talk, first with THANKSGIVING! She knew her prayers had been answered; she could not contain herself. I think any of us would be excited to realize that prayer had been answered after all these years. Further, this was just a “little handful” that would not be comprehended for at least thirty years down the road and even then, only by a small group.
While she was praying for the “redemption” of Jerusalem, she beheld someone even greater: “The Redeemer of mankind!”
What a prayer warrior! Hopefully this will become a challenge to you as it has been to me. Take up a prayer challenge, and refuse to give up!! God will answer! Perhaps we all need to talk to Anna and have our hearts challenged afresh!