Lent 2009 – 28 Steps to the Cross

PeterSteps One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate call Beautiful, where he was put every day to be 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 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. (Acts 3:1-10)

When was the last time we reached out to brokenness and, in the holy name of the Savior, fixed it? I dare say not often. We tend to toward prayer and hope these days rather than healing. In some corners of the Church, there is suspicion extended toward the healing ministry. Peter believed in the power of the Spirit, in the power of the Name, to heal and transform so our reflection must be centered on answering the question, why don’t we? Our ministry to others was never intended to be narrowed by what the culture allows. It was meant to be holistic and touch all areas of life and yet, many of us shy away.

We are walking with Peter during this season for a purpose. He was much as we are and yet the power of the Spirit transforms him in so many ways. Is there any reason the Spirit won’t do the same thing for us if we are willing to allow Him?

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