The Gift of Prayer

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. (Acts 3:6, Holy Bible, King James Version)

You walk up to the entry to your place of worship and see a person asking for money. What are your first thoughts? If you’re like the average person, you’re uncertain whether to stop or walk by in silence.

Peter and John faced this situation as they approached the temple gate called Beautiful. Peter, the bold apostle, spoke to the beggar. “Look on us,” he said to get the man’s attention in the crowd. How disappointed the beggar must have been when Peter said he had no money. But the conversation didn’t end there. Peter told the man he had something better.

Peter prayed for the handicapped man in the name of Jesus Christ who had performed many miracles during His short ministry. Peter offered the man something longer lasting than gold or silver. He gave healing through the gift of prayer.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to be compassionate like Apostle Peter and offer my gift of prayer to those who are handicapped physically, emotionally, or financially so You can set them free. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

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