Day Ten = Art of Reflection
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. (Luke 2:37)
Congratulations! You have made it to day ten. No small feat for sure. I hope that the last ten days have been empowering to you. As you look back over the first “quarter” of our forty day fast what challenges have you been able to overcome? What trials have you succumb to? What revelations have been revealed to you?
As we soldier on into the next 30 days of our fast it is important to take note of the things we are experiencing. Whether good or bad take the time to chronicle your voyage. Share your experiences and look for life lessons that you can take away from this period in your life. It is in this time of deep inner reflection and time spent with the Lord that we can learn meaningful truths that will apply to the entirety of the rest of our lives.
Looking into the passage above we find a woman by the name of Anna. Not much is known of her background other than the fact that she was an elderly widow and a prophetess of the Lord. What we can learn from her is at least two-fold. First that she worshipped the Lord through fasting and prayer. And secondly that she remained in the temple courts speaking of the Lord and His redemption to anyone who would listen to her. It is important that we seek ways to encourage, and share God’s goodness with others. This time of fasting is not only intended for our personal experience but also that we would be able to expound upon the greatness of God to anyone who is willing to listen.