1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. 2 And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. 4 But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” 5 And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” 7 And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. 8[c]With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God
We are just lame men from birth. We have been traveling this earth in defective sinfulness seeking healing. Wishing to be free from our ailment, we go to the place where the people seem helpful, where there is seemingly some hope. There we sit, and soak in the religious talk of our healing; we hear the dos and the do nots, the law, but we still find ourselves lame, unable to walk.
Then, the power of Jesus, His healing, the Holy Spirit, walks by us. In our normal procession, we ask for that which can merely keep us alive, support our bodily needs, not knowing the power we are forsaking. We have given up asking for the miraculous, and settled for the convenient. We know not the opportunity that stands in front of us.
We are begging for silver and gold when we can be made to walk!
Ask and the door shall be opened; seek and you will find. We have not because we ask not. We are settling. God is there, able to make us walk again, whole, reconciled back to Him, and we just want something to get us through the day. Maybe our expectations should start aligning with God’s capabilities, so that we can not merely expect "something", but every spiritual blessing. What a shame; what a missed opportunity.
There is no limit to the potential that God can work in our lives… maybe we need to start praying, asking, and sacrificing like we actual see and believe in that God.
Lord forgive me for the times when I have only seen you as a remedy to my day and conscience and not embraced your healing.