#carmelprays – Acts 3:1-10
Opening Song: Your Name
Read Scripture: Acts 3:1-10
God gives us more than what we ask for!
As Peter and John went up to the temple for prayer, they met a beggar who was lame from birth. As with all passersby who wanted to enter the temple, the beggar was asking them to pity him and to give them some money. The beggar is probably expecting money from them (v6) when Peter seeks his attention, as with all other passersby who he encountered daily, but would have been disappointed with Peter’s first statement that he has none.
We know that the disciples had some money when the believers sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had needs (Acts 2:45), it is unlikely that they do not have any silver or gold. But this silver or gold will never be sufficient to quench his desire for money.
Peter gives the lame man a much better gift, the gift of healing in the name of Jesus. The result: the lame man walked and began praising God. As the people who knew him saw him walking, they were amazed and filled with wonder.
As believers of Christ, we are asked to ask Jesus for anything in His name, and it shall be given (Jn 14:14). In this episode, the lame beggar asked for pity, and pity was given to him. However, he wasn’t given what he wanted (money), but what he really needed (healing). God provides what we need when we ask from Him. We may demand but we do not receive what we want as He has higher and better plans for us.
The beggar’s response, walking and praising God, would have caught the attention of many. This act of praising God, probably loudly, resulted in many to know, wonder and amaze at what happened. We, too, can spread the joy of knowing God by sharing our stories of how God has worked in our lives so that people around us can be amazed and start a conversation about our faith. Let’s be salt and light to the people around us by sharing how God has worked in our lives, no matter how big or small it may be. As we pray and seek God, boldly ask, expecting that we may receive what we ask for or expect to be directed to receive what we truly need.
Pray in Response
Indescribable, uncontainable, You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name. You are our amazing God! All powerful, untameable, awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim You are our amazing God. O Lord, no one is as awesome as You. You placed the stars and know them by name. You created us and You know each one of our frames. You know us better than we know ourselves. Dear Father, we know that we are most fully ourselves when we see You and seek You with our whole being. We are never more fully alive than when we are with You. Lord, just as You healed the lame, the blind, the deaf and the mute, would You come heal us in our deepest wounds. Remove anything that looms larger than You…be they idols in our lives or wounds and scars that mars our sight of You. Peel away the layers that we try to cover up. Uncover for us what we truly need for healing and wholeness in the mighty and precious name of Jesus Christ our Lord! And as You do o Lord, cause joy to arise and let our life radiate with overflowing praise, glory and honour to Your great name we pray. Amen!
Response Song: Control
By Ee Pin Koon