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Bible Study Guide: 

The Prophetess Anna
Devote Yourselves to Prayer

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this study, please read Luke 2:23-38 and the Women in Christ Commentary, The Prophetess Anna.

Part I Anna’s Example

1. Luke 2:22-24, 27; Exodus 13:2; Leviticus 12:1-8 Why did Joseph and Mary bring Jesus to the temple?

2. Luke 2:25-27 What was Simeon expecting to happen in his lifetime? Why do you think God revealed this to him?

3. Luke 2:28-35; Isaiah 42:6; 49:6 Who did Simeon recognize Jesus to be?

4. Luke 2:36-37 What do Anna’s actions tell you about her faith and devotion?

5. Luke 2:38 How did Anna use the remainder of her life? Examine your own circumstances. Is there a way you can express your faith in God and Christian love for others?

Part II Fasting and Prayer

1. Luke 2:37; Matthew 4:2; Acts 13:2-3; 14:23; Matthew 6:16-17; 9:14-15; Luke 5:33-35;
 II Corinthians 11:27(KJV); I Samuel 1:7; II Samuel 12:15-23; Esther 4:16; Ezra 8:21-23 Why do you think fasting often accompanies prayer?

2. Matthew 6:16; Luke 18:12, 14; Isaiah 58:3-12; Jeremiah 14:10-12 What makes some fasts unacceptable to God?

3. Matthew 9:15; Mark 2:20; Luke 5:35 What did Jesus assume or expect his followers would do after he returned to heaven?

Part III All Kinds of Prayer and Requests

1. Ephesians 6:18; Romans 8:26-27 Do we have to get the words or the formula just right to be effective, praying people? Explain.

2.Ephesians 6:18-20; Philippians 1:18-20; Acts 4:24-31; 12:5, 12; Luke 10:2; Colossians 4:2-4; Hebrews 13:18-19; Romans 15:30-32; II Thessalonians 3:1-2 What specific prayers will help those who proclaim the good news about Jesus?

3. I Timothy 2:1-8 Why should we pray for government officials?

4. Matthew 5:22; Luke 6:28; 23:24 Have you tried praying for a person who is making trouble for you? What was the result? If you have not, why not?

5. Romans 10:1 How can you follow Anna’s and Paul’s example of praying for their countrymen?

6. Philippians 1:3-11; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:12; James 5:16 In what ways can you pray for “all the saints” (Christians) that you know?

7. John 17:1-26 How can you follow Jesus’ example when you pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ?

8. Colossians 4:2; Romans 12:12; I Thessalonians 5:16-18 How will you incorporate the instructions you have learned from the Scriptures in this Bible study into your daily prayers?