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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. Luke 2:37
Do you take time to pray each day? I’m not talking about a few words as you drive or some simple prayer thoughts as you do your work. I’m talking about setting time aside, on purpose to praise and worship, seek direction, make request and then listen for any wisdom God wants to speak to your heart. If you do, that is awesome! It is such a refreshing for your soul and an important element to your success in life. If you don’t, let me encourage you that it will change your life.
In the scripture reading today, we read about Anna, a woman who worshiped God, day and night with prayer and fasting. She had chosen to give her life to serving in the temple and had been there for over 50 years. She had dedicated her life to God when she became a widow. She depended on Him to take care of her needs and offered up her life in service to God daily. She was there the day Jesus came and she spoke blessings over Him and talk about Him to everyone who had been waiting for God to rescue Jerusalem. She was in the right place at the right time, because she continually pressed into God with prayer and fasting.
You can be in the right place at the right time, too. By making time with God a priority in your day, everyday, you will be in tune with the things His is doing and the places He is moving. You won’t miss any opportunities and when you do mess up, He will quickly get you back on track as you surrender and commit all your ways to Him. God wants to partner with you each day and bring heaven into this world through your prayer for people, circumstances and events. He has a good plan for you to be involved in, but you have to make yourself available. You can be a part of God’s supernatural activities, but it is up to you to spend time getting the plan.
Today I want to encourage you to make an appointment with God. Schedule a time to get alone with Him each day. If you are not sure where you can fit it into your schedule, as Him to reveal the best time to get away and then make adjustments when He shows you. I recommend getting up a little earlier than usual so that you can honor Him with the first part of your day. It is usually the quietest time if you live in a household with others because everyone else is still sleeping. When you begin to consistently seek Him first and His righteous ways, He will begin to trust you with the secret things He is working on. Your relationship with God is based on how much you trust and believe the things He has promised and also how much He can trust you to keep your appointments with Him each day. Start today to press into your part of God’s mission to rescue people from the deceptions of this life and suddenly, your life will have meaning, purpose and true satisfaction.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 2:36-40
36 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.
37 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.
38 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.
39 When Jesus’ parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the law of the Lord, they returned home to Nazareth in Galilee.
40 There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was on him.