2 Samuel 23:24-24:25; Acts 3:1-26; Psalm 123:1-4; Proverbs 16:21-23
“Now Peter and John were going to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple…Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, 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!”
And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and his ankles were made strong.” Acts 3:1-7
“And his name–by faith in his name–has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.” Acts 3:16
A padded purse
a peaceful heart?
A stomach full of food
full forgiveness of sins?
Silver and gold
May the Lord grant
what you need most
in the name
of Jesus Christ
“So our eyes look to the Lord, our God, till he has mercy on us.” Psalm 123:2
Lord God, you healed the lame man out of your pure grace and mercy. Above all you gave him faith in your Son Jesus Christ. You gave him a new life both inside and out. Lord, you know what is best for us as well. We may think we need this or that, but you truly know what we need. And just as the lame man who was fully restored leapt for joy and gave you thanks and praise, may we respond to your gift of Salvation with thanks and praise–and let our enthusiasm spill over to those around us. For Jesus’ sake we pray, Amen.