During the first Gulf War,” Operation Desert Storm,” the United States along with coalition forces flew 65,000 sorties (air attacks) against Iraqi forces before ever sending in ground troops. It is a commonly held belief by many military historians that a war is never won by attacks from the air alone and the sending in of ground troops must follow.
“It has been my personal observation that a study of military warfare strategies can teach us much about how we approach our own spiritual warfare strategies. For instance, God’s purposes for older widows and the vital roles they are intended to fulfill in and through the church.
I Timothy 5:5 says, “Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusts in God, and continues in supplications and prayers night and day”. Widow’s being exhorted to live a life devoted to prayer, though, did not begin with the New Testament Church. In Luke 2:21-39 when Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised on the 8th day they were met by 2 witnesses, Simeon and Anna the Prophetess. Anna, who had been a widow for 84 years, “had remained in the temple serving God through prayers and fasting night and day.” Equally remarkable to Anna’s faithful service to God is the provisions that had obviously been made for food, clothing and shelter that allowed her to fulfill this call.