Day 13 - Anna

    12.09.17 | Advent by Joe Dascenzo

    Pray: “Heavenly Father, Anna is an outstanding example of patience and dedication. She persevered through many routine days without knowing when You would show up. I want my level of dedication to You to be an example to others also. When I don’t see You, help me to trust that You will show up. When I am discouraged help me to worship You and reload my confidence. Give me the patience of Anna!"

    Round 1
    Read Luke 2:36-40. Write out 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18—don’t skip this.

    Round 2
    Anna made an incredible sacrifice by dedicating her life to serving in the temple after her husband died. Determine an amount of time you can devote to helping someone today. Write down when and where you will do it. This could be tough if you have a busy day but find a way to give some time to someone today. Don’t forget that you are building the story you will tell on December 26—and you don’t want it to be all about you!

    Round 3
    Anna fasted and prayed as she waited for Jesus. After thanking God for the Messiah, she shared the news of Jesus to anyone and everyone she could. Which of your neighbors need to know the Jesus story? Take a moment to pray for them and ask God to give you an opportunity to reach out to them in the next couple of weeks.

    Read Psalm 122:6-9. Anna and Simeon patiently looked forward to the Messiah in Jerusalem. This week, the President declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. For two decades, world powers have avoided the issue and located their embassies in Tel Aviv. Jerusalem is a central location in God’s story. Pray: "God, It’s hard to comprehend how critical Jerusalem is to Your plan now and in the future. Even though I may not understand, I pray for the peace of Jerusalem according to Psalm 122. I pray for security within the borders of Your holy city and that it would prosper greatly. Someday, you will return to Jerusalem. Help me to look forward to that day!"

    Heads Up Reminder
    One day this week, plan to spend as little as possible, ideally zero dollars. Plan to make your meals ahead of time so you don’t have to eat out. Fill your gas tank the night before. The goal is to spend nothing for 24 straight hours. You can do it but it will take planning, strategy and discipline. Plan which day you will do this and write it down.

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