Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. A certain man who was lame from his mother’s womb was being carried, whom they laid daily at the door of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask gifts for the needy of those who entered into the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive gifts for the needy. Peter, fastening his eyes on him, with John, said, “Look at us.” He listened to them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none, but what I have, that I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!” He took him by the right hand, and raised him up. Immediately his feet and his ankle bones received strength. Leaping up, he stood, and began to walk. He entered with them into the temple, walking, leaping, and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God. They recognized him, that it was he who used to sit begging for gifts for the needy at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. They were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. As the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering. -Acts 3:1-11 (WEB)

Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to him be the glory in the assembly and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. –Ephesians 3:20-21 (WEB)

The beggar that Peter and John met expected them to give him some money. He did not expect them to restore his health. Why not? In those days, it was a common belief that people got sick or were born with disabilities because either they or their parents had sinned. Remember what Jesus said in John 9:3 as He dispelled this myth? When asked whether it was a man’s sin or his parents’ sin that caused him to be born blind, Jesus replied, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.”

The beggar expected Peter and John to give him money, but he got so much more. He did not know that God is not in the business of meeting our expectations. He is in the business of doing “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.”

The next time we ask God for something, let’s pray what Rick Atchley refers to as a Kingdom Prayer—something so big it cannot happen unless God does it. Let’s stop selling God short and allow Him to exceed our expectations.

O, Lord God, forgive us for failing to comprehend how powerful and magnificent you are. We acknowledge that you truly can do all things, whatever your heart desires. We ask you, Father, to give us a vision for our lives that only you can make happen. A vision so big that others will know immediately that you had to be the one to make it come true. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Closing Thought
All things are possible for God.

Prayer Focus
A Kingdom Prayer

Copyright © 2006, Star M. Ferdinand.


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