Anna the Prophetess
Despite being mentioned only once in God’s Word, Anna was an admired woman of faith. She spent her life serving, fasting, praying and growing so close to God that she became known as a “prophetess,” proclaiming God's Word (Old Testament) and helping others understand His will.
Luke 2:36-38 – “And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.” (Phanuel = "face or vision of God")
Anna’s husband died just seven years after they were married, at which time she made a decision to remain a widow and dedicate her life fully to God. In Luke Chapter 2, she is introduced as an old woman; she had spent her life watching and waiting for the coming of Jesus, the Messiah.
When Mary and Joseph brought their newborn babe to be dedicated at the temple, Simeon and Anna instantly knew by the power of the Holy Spirit that this baby was the promised Messiah. Anna broke out in praise and worship as she saw the fulfillment of God’s promise with her own two eyes.
Anna forsook the things of this world and surrendered her life to God. She actively sought Him on a daily basis. We should all aspire to be like Anna, pursuing our Maker and being obedient to His voice.
Simeon and Anna teach us to follow God’s plan and not our own ... His Light shines brighter than the stars!