Luke 2:36 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; 37 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. 38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
The individuals and the Churches that give themselves to prayer are the ones who stay in tune with what God is presently doing in their time. Anna was one such person, though she had experienced the loss of her only husband, gave herself to fasting and prayer in serving the Lord. Anna’s life of prayer put her in the right place at the right time. It was what God was doing in the earth, big time, in her day, and she was a part of it.
We can miss what God’s doing and even be in the same local area of what He is doing like what happened in Jerusalem. Jesus said in Luke 19:41-46, “41And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. 43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, 44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. 45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; 46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.”
They missed their time of visitation or what God was presently doing in their day and by Jesus’s actions of cleansing the Temple we know it was because of prayer. He cleansed the Temple because there was all kinds of busyness going on in the Temple but not the business of prayer. It might be time for a tuneup.