Jews went to the temple three times a day to pray. On this day Peter and John went to pray. A man lame from his mother’s womb was carried to the Beautiful gate of the temple each day. There he begged for money from those coming to pray. He asked for money from Peter and John but got something better, the use of his legs. He had reconciled himself to the life of begging, knowing it wouldn’t get better. Then Peter said to him In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
We can ask God for what we want. I’m not telling you to ask for a Rolls Royce. When we ask like that, the Bible calls it asking “amiss”. What we need will come and maybe better than we asked. This man was healed through the Holy Spirit with a divine healing of God in Jesus’ name. When we anoint the sick with oil and pray, there is no power in the oil. There is no power in my touch. It’s all through Jesus Christ.
After being healed this man jumped around and praised God. He realized God had done something great for him. Others were in awe. I want to mention some truths of this healing. (1) Peter and John were praying men. They were headed to the temple to pray and we know from other scriptures that they prayed. They were men of influence. What made the difference in their lives? Contact with Jesus Christ. They were saved by grace and changed; they were conscious of God’s power. (2) The lame man was typical of every person born of a woman. Psalms 51:5 says I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. We take on Adam’s nature, that of sinful man, when we’re born. The man was dead spiritually. After his meeting with Peter, he was loosed from that bondage. He was set free by Jesus Christ. (3) The means of the miracle is seen in these verses. It was not through silver and gold. It was something better: the name of Jesus! First Peter 1 says that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ. God’s plan for salvation was in place before Adam and Eve sinned. It’s through our faith in the name of Jesus, the One who shed his blood for us. (4) The method God uses is faith. Ephesians tells us For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Hebrews 11:6 tells us without faith it is impossible to please him. We must have faith in God through Jesus Christ. (6) The miracle was immediate. Peter took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. He began to walk, leap, and praise God. Salvation happens the same way. It’s immediate. God knows the heart. When we ask and believe, God saves and fills us with his Spirit.
What we need is God. We are nothing but beggars in need of the Savior. Call on him today. You’ll strike it rich too, not in gold and silver—but spiritually through Jesus Christ.