Daily Word Of God
There was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well on in years. Her days of girlhood over, she had been married for seven years before becoming a widow. She was now eighty-four years old and never left the Temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer. She came up just at that moment and began to praise God; and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.
When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they went back to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. Meanwhile the child grew to maturity and he was filled with wisdom; and God’s favour was with him.
Today's Pointers on God's Word
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- Anna answered God’s call to follow Him by serving Him with fidelity. Her constant prayers and fasting helped her stay “connected” with God.
- Her holiness allowed her to have a keen awareness of God’s presence, hence inspired by the Holy Spirit she was able to foretell Jesus’ mission on earth.
- Anna’s simplicity, prayerfulness and reverence drew others to God. Do you too have such qualities? Speak to the Lord from your heart about how you use your God given qualities for Him and for His peoples.