“One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.
When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.
He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.“
(Acts 3: 1-8) NLT
This is one of the most beautiful new testament miracle stories in the bible. There’s a lot to be learned from this short story, but one thing stood out for me the most. and That’s in the underlined verse. ” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.”
Right after Peter made the declaration of faith, HE TOOK HIS HAND AND HELPED HIM UP. Physically. He lifted the man off his feet.
what would have happened if Peter didn’t help him up? His ankle bones might not have received strength. Peter’s help facilitated the healing. He put his faith to work! He didn’t just pray for the man and give a declaration of faith, he did something about it.
A lot of times, miracles don’t happen because we wouldn’t put our faith to work. some of us believe that when we pray and speak in faith, we chill and don’t do anything.
If you’re praying for God to provide a job for you and you have spoken in faith that you have a great job, sitting at home without applying to companies and expecting a job to come knocking is a sure way for nothing to happen.
Peter PULLED THE MAN UP!
Sometimes, praying for someone about their circumstances isn’t enough. Lending a hand and doing something about their situation will facilitate that miracle.
That’s why Jesus didn’t just preach about the Kingdom, he actively showed compassion. He fed the hungry and touched the sick to heal them.
Don’t just pray and speak. Look around you; what can you DO to help?