I was thinking today about what I read in Acts 3. It centered around a crippled man who was healed in the name of Jesus. In our Bible study discussion, we focused on Peter and John’s witness to the people and to their leaders. We identified with them in our need to be in fellowship with Jesus and have the Spirit’s power at work in our lives.
But I think we missed another very important point. What about the lame dude? He had been lame since birth. And all he was asking for, all he ever expected, was a little bit of money to get him through to the next day, where he could ask for more money and continue to subsist.
Do we do the same thing? Do we settle for life as it is? Do we underestimate the power of God to do powerful and amazing things in and through us? What are we asking God for? Are we asking him for what any passerby could provide? Or are we asking for God-sized miracles?
The deep wounds in our lives can be healed. We can overcome our fears. We can be set free of the sins that so easily entangle us. We could make the next great discovery of our time. We could be the people God uses to bring a revival. But all we ask God for is a little money to get by. There’s nothing wrong with asking God to meet our needs. But what we really need is to experience the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit and to be used greatly for His kingdom!
As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him. There were two blind men sitting by the road. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd told them to keep quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”
Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
“Lord,” they said to Him, “open our eyes!” Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they could see, and they followed Him. (Matthew 20:29-34)
We could be the ones offering healing to people in Jesus name. But we haven’t even asked for it in our own lives.