Scripture Reading:  Acts 3:1-10

“And he (the beggar) fixed his attention on them (Peter and John), expecting to receive something from them.  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!’” (Acts 3:5,6)

As Peter and John approached the temple, where they went to pray, a man lame from birth was being carried to the gate of the temple.  He was taken there each day so that he could beg for money (vs. 1,2).  When he saw Peter and John, he asked them for alms (v. 3).  Peter and John got the man’s attention.  The beggar expected that they would give him money.  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!” 

What was the man expecting?  He wanted a temporary relief.  He was asking for money because he was poor and unable to work.  Don’t get me wrong, this man desperately needed help.  He was poor because he was lame and incapable of finding a means to support himself.  A little silver or gold may get him through another day.

What did this lame beggar receive?  Peter and John gave him far more than he ever hoped for or dreamed of.  Peter took him by his right hand and raised him up, “and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.  And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God” (vs. 7,8).  The man received a miracle — he was able to walk and leap.  Remember that he had been lame from birth; he had never walked in his life!  He immediately stood up and began to walk and even leap.  He went with Peter and John to the temple so that he could praise God.  The people who saw him walking and leaping, were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him (v. 9,10).

Sometimes our expectations may be too low when we pray.  God may not give us exactly what we ask for in prayer, but He always gives us what is best for us.  God is abundantly gracious and exceedingly generous.  He knows what we need and we can always count on Him to give us what He deems best for us.  Sometimes we underestimate what we think we need.  God, however, fully knows and He will provide what we really need.

O Provider God, You are the giver of every good and perfect gift.  You know what I need and I can always trust You to provide it.  You are a gracious and generous God.  Thank you for all You have given to me.  May I look to You in faith to provide my daily bread and all my needs.


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