What do I really need?
The disciples were entering the temple and a crippled beggar asked for money. Begging was his job. Everyday, he sat at the temple hoping for enough to feed himself. He had no expectations there could be more for him. He thought money was what he needed.
Peter and the disciples saw beyond this man’s monetary need. They saw his true need. They saw what this beggar dare not ask. They gave the beggar far more than money; they gave him a new life.
This made me think about my current needs. Am I praying for my monetary needs when God wants to do something bigger, better, life-altering? Am I praying for, settling for crumbs, when God wants to give me a feast?
I’m changing my prayer.
“Lord, teach me how to pray. Let my desires align with yours. I lay down my expectations of what I think your blessing will look like. I trust that instead of giving me what I think I want, like the beggar at the gate Beautiful, you will give me far more than I ask, think, or imagine. Give me wisdom to recognize and see how you are at work in my life. I trust you are a good Father.”
I’m excited to see how God will provide!
“Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!””
Acts of the Apostles 3:4-6 NLT