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.
Do you find that the fire on the altar of your heart burns bright sometimes and other times not? If so, that was not how God intended it to be. Leviticus 6:13 says that the fire shall ever be upon the altar; it shall never go out. What is implied by the scripture is that whatever the season of our life the fire on the altar of our hearts should be kept burning. That is evident by the mandate given to the priests to keep the fire on the altar burning in the night and day seasons.
Prophetess Anna kept her fire burning although her circumstance was less than ideal. She lost her husband seven (7) years after she got married. If that was the experience of some of us, the sadness that would have come over us would have been enough to affect our intimacy with God. Prophetess Anna did the opposite however, she used her unfortunate circumstance as an opportunity to draw closer to God. Luke 2:37 said that she never departed from the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers day and night.
What the scripture highlights is that she kept her fire burning whether she was going through a day season or a night season. Admittedly that is not easy, but Prophetess Ana did it by making God her one thing. That means she made intimacy with God her central focus regardless of what was happening around her. Because that was her focus, she lived in the temple or the presence of God through continuous fasting and prayer even up to the point when she was 84 years old.
Like Prophetess Anna you too can keep your fire burning in good times and bad. It requires you to make intimacy your central focus every day, regardless of the time of the day.
Keep your fire burning by first making intimacy with God your primary focus night and day and then maintain that intimacy by living in His presence through prayer, worship, fasting and study of God’s word.
Lord, May the fire on my altar never burn out. There are times when I go through difficult times and as a result, it affects my walk with you. But like Anna, may I continually seek your face even when all is not well. In Jesus name, amen.