Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | January 15, 2014

January 15, 2014 “Knocking the Cork Out Of The Bottle”

Anna the prophetess was also there, a daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was by now a very old woman. She had been married seven years and a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple area, worshiping night and day with her fastings and prayers. At the very time Simeon was praying, she showed up, broke into an anthem of praise to God, and talked about the child to all who were waiting expectantly for the freeing of Jerusalem.” (Luke 2: 36-38)

“my cup runneth over.” (Psalm 23:5)

Good Morning Expectant Children of the King!

One of my dear friends from the church I served in Las Vegas, Nevada, shared some glorious news this morning…the birth of a new granddaughter. Of course there is much rejoicing, pictures of the precious new baby girl…celebration abounds! It’s like that with good news, when our hearts are full. We want people to know. We want to share our joy with people. It just spills out of us. One of my very favorite women in all of scripture is Anna. We learn from Luke that she became a widow at a very young age, having been married for only seven years before her husband died. In Jesus’ day, it was not uncommon for a young woman to be married around the age of 15. Were this the case, it would have meant Anna was about 22 years old when she lost her husband. Luke informs us that she had been widowed for over sixty years, for she was 84.  Here’s this 84 year old woman who for over 60 years spent each day and each night at the temple worshiping and praying. She was like a fine vintage wine fermenting until the perfect time. That time came when she laid her eyes on the infant Jesus. Seeing him, she broke out in a song of praise and told everyone she met about this child. This leads me to wonder…how easily do you give up on your praying? Anna never gave up. She prayed for over sixty years and God rewarded her faithfulness with the greatest answer to prayer one could ever experience. She had the privilege of being one of the first to see God’s redemption in the child Jesus. When she did see him, it was like a cork popping open a champagne bottle. Like David, she could say “My cup runneth over.” Her joy spilled over into testimony for the rest of her days. The lesson to you and me may very well be one of persistence…of never giving up on prayer. Henry Ward Beecher wrote,

“I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle.  There is an inward fermentation, and there must be a vent.”  

Just as fermented wine knocks the cork out of the bottle, persistent prayer leads to an inward fermentation of our spirit which will eventually, inevitably lead to a spiritual overflowing in our lives. Keep on praying. God is doing a mighty work in you. Never give up. Let’s pray!

Dear God; You are Righteousness and Holiness itself! Continue to do a work in our hearts as we daily seek You before the Throne of Grace in prayer. Remind us of Your abiding presence every day, that we might, like Anna, never cease praying…never cease believing, until we, like her, see Your promised salvation in Your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!



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