Acts 3:1 - “Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour..."
By: Josh Gosney, Church Planter, Pastor of Wake Church
Chapter three opens with a simple discipline that turned into a display of God's power as Peter and John went to the temple at the hour of prayer. In the following verse, we see them encounter a man who had been lame from birth. Peter, in bold faith, reaches to pick him up and we see the power of God bring immediate and complete healing to the beggar. Now the scene intensifies as the people marvel at the miracle and the Sadducees seek to snuff out Peter and John. This single act and another bold message proclaimed by Peter led to the growth of the church to nearly 5,000 men.
Do you see the beautiful progression in the passage? One personal discipline became a miraculous display to thousands awakening to the gospel. I can't help but think what would have happened if Peter and John never went to the temple? Their purpose for going wasn't to go meet the Sadducees, it wasn't to go meet the beggar, it wasn't to go preach... it was to go pray. A life led by prayer will always lead to God's purposes.
This reminded me of the famous question stated by Corrie ten Boom, "Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" For Peter and John we can very clearly see lives where prayer is the steering wheel. Prayer must be our first priority - it must be the steering wheel. Awakening in the city of Houston starts in the privacy of our prayer closets. When we pray, we align ourselves with the purposes of God.
My hope is that every day we would be driven by prayer and accomplishing God’s purposes as the Holy Spirit illuminates the work that He is doing in our lives and our city. Remember, a life saturated in prayer privately will lead to the miraculous publicly.
Father, thank you for being sovereign over all. We thank you that you are faithful despite our unfaithfulness. We pray that we would align ourselves with the work that you are doing in our city. Forgive us for the times where prayer is our last resort. Let us be a people of prayer who trust your infinite wisdom! Would you continue to open our eyes to see the beauty of who you are, as we believe for the eyes of those who are lost to be opened in our city! Awaken us, our churches, and our city. In
Jesus’ name, Amen.