In Your Bible: Acts 3:1-11; John 14:13,14
Peter and John went to the Temple to pray. They saw a lame man, who asked them for money. He asked for worldly help but the disciples remembered what Jesus said and knew God’s perspective on his needs.
Jesus Prepared His Disciples
We read In the gospels that Jesus sent out the 12 and then the 70 with authority and directions to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Jesus said . . . “I will do whatever you ask in My name [as My representative], this I will do, so that the Father may be glorified and celebrated in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name [as My representative], I will do it” (John 14:13,14 AMP).
Give What You Have
Peter and John saw this lame man (begging for money with his head down) and said “look at us.” They saw the real need here and didn’t hesitate to act.
Peter said, “I don’t have a nickel to my name, but what I do have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” He grabbed him by the right hand and pulled him up. In an instant his feet and ankles became firm. He jumped to his feet and walked. The man went into the Temple with them, walking back and forth, dancing and praising God (Acts 3:6-8 Message).
- Become aware of true needs
- As a disciple of Jesus, you have the power and authority to do what God wants
- Get God’s perspective on needs
Prayer: Father, help me see real needs and how to help others.
Questions: As you read these passages, how does the disciples’ new boldness and power touch you? How do you know the lame man knew his healing was from God?