Where Is Your Faith?

Scripture: Acts 3.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Acts 3:7-11 (NLT)

7 Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened.

8 He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.

9 All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God.

10 When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded!

11 They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade, where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

Last Sunday we had corporate prayer our church and again last night. Daily there are specific prayer requests that I try to lift up to God in prayer. I wonder if I came across one of the individuals today that I have been praying for and found where God did an extreme work/healing in their life, if I would be any different to the people of Israel that were worshipping when the man that was once lame, walked in leaping and praising God? I believe that far too often we whisper a prayer out of form, or because it is the right thing to do when we see someone suffering, but how often do we look at them anticipating God’s healing/miraculous touch on their lives that surpasses anything we may have prayed for? What does it really take for us to really have faith in the God we worship, adore and pray to? It is no wonder that Jesus told the people at one point in another story, “oh ye of little faith”. After all the miracles we read about in the Bible, after all the other miracles that we have heard about from friends, loved ones and other Christians, yet we pray out of form or fashion? Jesus must be so disappointed at us when we pray like defeated people. Jesus told us that “all power has been given unto you…”. When we pray in the name of the Master of this universe, the One who conquered death, the One who healed the sick and brought life back to the dead, and when we pray out of a pure heart and a right relationship with the God to whom we are praying, there is absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t expect God to respond like this lame beggar witnessed. He was blessed with way more than he was asking for that day.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for being my Savior and my Lord. Thank You for being patient with me while I build faith and confidence in the power of the God to whom I pray. There is absolutely no reason that I should doubt Your power, Your abilities and Your awesome love that causes You to respond to Your children. Yet I must know that You are not a puppet, and I must not wait until there is a need that I see clearly before coming to You demanding something. You are the potter and I am the clay. You are in control of everything around me, especially the lives of those that I love and am concerned about. In addition to the confidence gained in this passage today, I humbly ask for the wisdom that caused Peter and John to see beyond the physical needs of people and pray for the things that will give You glory and peace to the ‘beggar’.

 

àWords underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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