Acts 3:-3 (NLT)
Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.[a] 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. 3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. 4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Faith is the belief that all things are possible through Jesus Christ, and that He uses us as his vessel to do His work on earth. Peter believed so much in the healing powers of the blood of Jesus that he healed the lame man outside the temple. Although the lame person asked for alms, Peter knew he really needed healing. Peter's experiences with walking with Jesus taught him that he can pray and ask for the impossible. Peter's spiritual gift was his faith, but also his obedience to serve and pray for others.
Today, I encourage you to pray and reflect on: Message One: We all have access to God's power through our faith and obedience. Peter demonstrated that faith without action (trust) is dead, so today I encourage you to walk forward as if the victory is already won...because it is! Also, if you know that there are people around you that are suffering, remember that through prayer and worship you can shift situations and activate God's power to heal.
Today I ask you these questions: 1) Is there a prayer you have been wanting to ask but feel like it is too big to be answered? 2) Have you been praying for something that you want, but deep down inside you know that it isn't what you need? 3) Do you truly believe that you can be a vessel for God's work?
For the next couple of weeks, we are going to be praying for those who are suffering and calling out to God for healing (e.g., mental, physical, emotional, spiritual etc). In addition, we are going to ask God to reveal to us what our role is in bringing peace and healing to those around us. We all can learn from Peter the power of saying, "In the name of Jesus" I bring healing and peace to this situation and I ask you to remove any barrier or situation that is blocking my healing and peace.