THEME: MOURNING INTO DANCING
Acts 3:1-10 NIV
“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. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”
-Peter and John were commissioned by Jesus and recognized by the early church as apostles. As they went to the temple at the hour of prayer that followed the afternoon sacrifice, they met a man outside the temple gate begging. As the man asked for money, the apostles offered a much better solution. They recognized the sacrificial system that was perfect, that Jesus offered Himself on the cross for our healing, deliverance and freedom from all bondage. At the proclamation of the name of Jesus, the lame man walked, and his mourning was turned into dancing. Jesus is calling all those who are troubled, sick, depressed, oppressed, and everyone who is waiting on God for a solution, and He will surely respond to all our needs.
Jesus You are our Lord and Savior, and none can compare to You. At Your name Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus You are Lord to the glory of God the Father. Jesus, You have called us saying, come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Jesus, may You grant us rest in everything and every area of our lives. May You heal us and all those who are sick physically, emotionally, psychologically and in every way. We worship You and give You glory and praise. In Jesus mighty name we pray believing and trusting. Amen
Further reading: Matthew 11:28-30