1 Timothy 5:5
Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
So this passage of scripture addresses those that are widows indeed. What is a widow versus a widow indeed?
A widow, as we normally use the word, is someone whose husband has died. A widow is a special class of person in the Lord’s eyes and we are instructed in multiple places in the Bible as to how to treat them. However the Bible makes a distinction in this verse between a widow and a widow indeed. A widow indeed is someone who has not only lost their husband to death but is also desolate and without the means to support themselves.
Now a woman who has lost their husband to death is certainly deserving of our compassion, sympathy and understanding. However a widow who has lost their husband and is destitute and has no means to support herself is in a special class in the Lord’s eyes. It is this type of person whom we need to do all we can to help in their desolate situation.
A widow indeed has a special power in prayer with the Lord. In Luke 2:36-37 the Bible says, “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; 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.”
Anna was a widow indeed and as such she spent all her time in fastings and prayers night and day. As a result of Anna being a widow and fasting and praying night and day she saw the baby Jesus when he was brought in to be circumcised. Anna then testified to everyone she saw that the Messiah had arrived.
Although we may not be a widow in this visible world, we all go through those seasons when we are a widow indeed and desolate emotionally and mentally. It is in those times that we have a special power with the Lord and if we continue in communion with Him during those times we shall surely see a new birth of Christ consciousness and awareness in our life.