Daily Bible Reading – Nehemiah 11, 12; Psalm 1; Acts 3
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 3:1-10
The crippled beggar positioned himself in the same place every day – right at the entrance to the temple. He did this because he felt it was the best place for him to be to get what he thought he really needed. In the beggar’s mind, he believed money would be the answer to his prayers, so he sat in the same place daily hoping for someone to come along and give him something. When Peter saw him, he had a different idea. Peter told the man “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you” (3:6) and then he promptly healed the man by the power of Jesus Christ. Peter was unable to answer the prayer the beggar was asking for, but that he had something much better to give him. The power of the Holy Spirit healed the man and allowed him to walk. Undoubtedly, this was a much better gift than a couple of coins.
I think God answers many of our prayers in the same way. Often we are like the crippled beggar, begging God to give us what we think we really need. When we fail to receive what we were begging for, it is easy to think that our prayer went unanswered. In reality, though, that is not the case. Perhaps God, in his infinite wisdom, knows that what we were begging for is not really what we needed. God is amazingly faithful. He hears and answers all of our prayers in one way or another. The love that He has for each of us is unending. He wants the very best for us in everything we do on a daily basis. His plan for all of us is perfect and He always knows what He is doing. When we surrender everything to Him and let Him take over everything in our lives, we allow God to do more than just answer our prayers. When we trust in Him completely, sometimes instead of giving us what we have asked for, He can give us something much better.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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