Luke 2:36-37 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; 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.
The only spiritual state that is acceptable to God is that of being hot, so it is important that as you age you do not allow your fire to grow cold.
Prophetess Anna is one of the unsung heroes of the Bible; she is a model of how to grow old but not cold. Mind you, she never had it easy, but that never dampened her relationship with God. Her misfortune that created a domino effect was that only 7 years after she got married as a virgin, her husband died. Given that men were the main breadwinner in that society, as a widow, she was of low economic means. Notwithstanding, being at the age of 84 and despite her misfortune and poor economic state, Luke 2:37 said that she departed not from the temple, but served God with fasting and prayer day and night. She had grown old but never allowed her fire to go cold. She maintained her fervency by living in the presence of God daily with prayer and fasting. Because she kept her fire burning, she and Simeon were among the first set of people to whom the Messiah was revealed.
What is typically the case in the body of Christ is that as most get older they become less active and since a large majority of us are not highly disciplined in our prayer life, the lower level of activity results in some getting cold. However, Prophetess Anna still operated in the prophetic at an old age; the reason her age was not a factor was because she maintained a strict discipline of consistent prayer, fasting and abiding in God’s presence. If you maintain the same discipline like Anna, your fire will never go out regardless of your age. In addition, you will be positioned as a trusted vessel that God will reveal what He is doing.
Life Application: Abide in the presence of God daily through worship, prayer and fasting.
Prayer: Lord, May the fire on my altar never burn out. May I remain steadfast in prayer and worship all my days. In Jesus name, amen.