Have you ever waited and longed for something? The Bible is full of stories of people who longed and waited for that which was promised–like Abraham, who waited 25 years for his promised heir. It also extols all those who “died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar.” (Heb. 11:13)
There’s something incredibly inspiring about people who have the faith and tenacity to keep longing for, praying for, and waiting for something God has promised. . . even if it means waiting an entire lifetime.
That’s why I’m so inspired by the story of Anna, the 84-year-old who spent her days in the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day–waiting– for years and years until she finally caught a glimpse of the fulfillment of God’s promise.
“And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.” (Luke 2:36–38, ESV)
That’s why I was also so moved by the old, white-haired lady who came up to kneel at the foot of the stage at True Woman 2012 while the speaker urged us to pray and fast for revival.
Watch her story here:
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What are you waiting and longing for? A marriage to be healed? A wayward child to return? A sin habit to be conquered? Revival to come to your church?
Whatever it is, may the story of this modern-day Anna inspire you to have the faith and tenacity to keep longing for, praying for, and waiting for God to fulfill his promise.