One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg 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 do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

– Acts 3:1-6 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Though this man was asking for money, God had something far greater for him. He had been handicapped from birth; his past had shaped his vision for his future. But God can use our current requests for provision to expand our vision for what is possible. God’s answer was not what this man expected, but it was exactly what he needed, and became the beginning of a new hope for living.

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