Acts 3:1-10 (NLT)
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 "What Have You Been Praying For?" encouraged everyone to reflect on whether or not we have been praying for what we want versus what we need. For instance, who of us have asked God for patience? The definition of patience is "the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset." Therefore, we have to ask ourselves, if we really had the desire for God to give us the ability to accept or tolerate suffering? This is why we must truly spend time with God and his Word, so we can receive clarity and discernment on what we should be praying for, but also how we should pray. Today, we will look at the third message from our scripture.
Message Three: God doesn't want us to suffer. He will send angels into our path to bring us healing and understanding. If you are suffering right now and you feel like God has forgotten about you, just remember that he will send someone to give you a Word or a reminder that he is there. Don't give up on God because he hasn't given up on you. Here is a simple prayer you can say to ask for God's protection and presence in your life:
"Oh, Father I need thee now. I know that I cannot walk this path without guidance and covering. Right now, I bring to you all my suffering, pain, and anguish and ask that you fill my spirit with your love and wisdom. The weight of my trials and tribulations are too heavy, so I plead with you to help release some of my burdens and to bring angels into my life to help lift the load. Although I feel alone or hopeless, I know that you have not forgotten about me. Please meet me in my prayer closet and send me confirmation that you have given me a calling and there is a larger purpose in my life. Thank you God for your breath of life and giving me another day to draw closer to you. Fill me up, Lord." Amen.