Opportunities for Ministry On the Pathway of Prayer, Part 2 (Praying Through the Bible #206)

TEXT: Acts 3:1-10

1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;

3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.

5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:

10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.

We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible.” The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have completed 205 messages in this series.

This is message #206 titled, Opportunities for Ministry On the Pathway of Prayer, Part 2

Today, we return to the scene at the Beautiful Gate outside the Temple in Jerusalem. A lame man has called upon Peter and John as they were on their way to pray in the Temple. Peter and John, sensing an opportunity from God, fix their eyes on this man and say, “Look on us.” They gave the man their full attention and they made sure that he gave them his full attention.

The lame man, of course, “gave heed, expecting to receive something of them.” He thought they were going to give him some money so he could feed himself for that day. But God was speaking to His servants, Peter and John, letting them know that He had something else in mind for this lame man.

Peter shocked the lame man by telling him, “Silver and gold have I none.” The lame must have thought, ‘Well, you’re wasting my time. If you two don’t have any money then we are all in bad shape.’ He was ready to turn to the next person. But Peter wasn’t done. He says, “But such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”

We don’t know whether the lame man had ever prayed for healing. Surely, he would have liked to be healed. But, it is apparent that he had given up on the possibility of being healed by this time. He was settled in his condition. He had resigned himself to the status of being a beggar who relied on others to take care of him. However, God gave him an unexpected answer to an unspoken prayer request. The man was just looking for a little money to scrape by, but God gave him total healing.

This ought to remind us that God’s blessings and God’s answers to prayer do not always come in the way in which we desire for them to come. Often, God will not give us the thing we ask for so that He can give us something so much better.

This man’s miraculous healing comes “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.” Peter and John had no power to work this miracle on their own. But they knew that Jesus had authority over all diseases. They had witnessed Him heal many people. So, they relied on the power of that Name for this man’s deliverance.

William J. Larkin said, “A name is an expression of a person’s very essence. The power of the person is present and available in the name. In the case of Jesus, the invocation of His name is a direct link between earth and heaven. It is not a magic formula but a simple recognition that if any salvation blessings are to come, they must arrive in and through the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus so commissioned His disciples and the disciples so preached and ministered.”

The actions of Peter and John in this passage are in line with Jesus’ promise in John 14: “If ye ask anything in my name, I will do it.” Essentially, their prayer request was that God would heal this man in the name of Jesus. They had no doubt in their mind that it would happen. Through the Holy Spirit, they knew that this was God’s will and so they boldly asked for it to come to pass in Jesus’ name — and it did.

Too often, we try to do things in our own name or in our own strength. And, if you are doing anything for your own fame, glory, popularity, or prestige — no matter how spiritual it is — you are trying to do it in your name and God will not be in it. Peter and John wanted this man to be healed for the glory of God and to bring fame to Jesus’ name. The Jewish authorities who had put Jesus to death thought they had gotten rid of Jesus for good. (Except for the minor inconvenience that nobody could find His body, of course.) But Peter and John were showing in no uncertain terms that Jesus’ name was mightier than ever and still had power over disease, death, and demon-possession.

The unexpected and miraculous answer to the prayer of the lame beggar came about as a result of two disciples who were in the mind of prayer and on the pathway of prayer. And God used them to do ministry. You just pray, and God will use you to do ministry to help others as well.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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