Acts 3

Vs. 1, “One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.”  It was common for the believers to still go to the temple and pray.  The regular prayer times were 9:00, 12:00 and 3:00 when Peter and John went, they would prayed for one hour.  They pass by a crippled man from birth (vs. 2), he was asking for money, but Peter had something different to offer than money (vs. 6).  Question: Where would they have learned this type of compassion?  Jesus set the example for them as He often reached out to the poor, the widowed and the orphan.  By Peter healing this man also reminded everyone that the ministry of the Holy Spirit would continue to bless others as Jesus did.  It is admirable that Peter and John do not point at their own power, but give full credit to Jesus (vs. 11-16).  Peter than uses this as another opportunity to preach and remind the Jews that though they rejected Jesus, God is giving them another opportunity (vs. 17-26)

Regarding application…Praising God.  Vs. 8, “He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.”  Remember, this man was crippled since birth.  He probably never had the opportunity to walk and jump!  And don’t forget, salvation also came into his heart!  In the midst of all our busyness, we can forget what our purpose is.  Peter and John could have easily just walked by him and ignored him.  They could have thought, “I don’t have time for you because I have to spend time with God.”  But God often uses these moments to remind us why we are here in the first place.  Some of us have forgotten the joy of just praising God for what He has done for us!  Question: What can you praise God for today?