Acts 3:1-10 (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.
Last week's devotional, entitled "God Will Give You What You Need" encouraged everyone to reflect on the fact that we all have access to God's power through our faith and obedience. In addition, that we can bring healing and peace to other people's lives by having faith like Peter, who healed the lame man. Today, we want to encourage you to reflect on your prayers and petitions.
Message Two: What have you been praying for? Is it something you need or something you want? Have you been praying for the right thing that is going to unlock your healing in this present season? In last week's scripture the lame man was praying for alms, but through healing, he would have access to new opportunities that could improve his life. Peter had the wisdom to know that what the lame man really needed was healing and not alms. So, today ask God to reveal to you if you are praying for the right thing. Here is a simple prayer you can say to ask for discernment and healing:
"Jesus I ask for your healing and I believe in your Word. Whatever your will is I accept it and I ask that you stretch my faith. For the things I do not know or cannot comprehend, please provide me with discernment on what my next steps should be. I know you are capable of impossible things and I have seen miracles occur in my life. I ask you now to use me as a vessel to perform your works and to release your power into this room. I know that things have shifted in this moment and you have broken the old and brought in the new. Thank you, God, for your love and mercy and I will continue to praise your name in these difficult times." Amen.