You have what they need. Acts Chapter 3

Oftentimes we focus on our inability to give people what they are asking for.  We then hesitate to pray for them.  We can learn a lot from Peter and John in Acts chapter 3.   They met a man who was lame from birth on their way to the prayer service at the temple.  The man was placed at the entrance of the temple so he could beg for money.  When the man saw Peter and John he stretched out his hand begging. Peter says to the man in Acts 3: 6 “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”  He then stretches out his hand and helps the man up and the scriptures says that the man leaped up and ran off praising God!  I love this account because it reminds me that while I may not have what people are asking for, I have what they need.  I have Jesus.    The man was asking for money, but when Peter called on the name of Jesus this man received even greater than what he asked for.  He received healing.  We can assume that the man was reduced to begging because he was a lame and could not work.  Peter didn’t have money to give him but he prayed for the man’s healing in the name of Jesus!  The money would have met a temporary need because it was not the answer to the real issue which was his need for healing.  There is something about calling on the name of Jesus that answers more than the initial request. Today I encourage you to step out in boldness and offer Jesus to others.  It is not about what YOU cannot do, instead, it is all about Jesus’ ability to do the impossible!

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