“By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.”
- Acts 3:16 NIV
In the first section of this chapter, Peter and John called on the name of Jesus to heal a man who had been unable to walk since birth. In the second section, they used this event as an opportunity to share the good news about Jesus with the people who had seen what happened. There are times when we might find ourselves needing a miracle of our own, and hoping that someone would call upon Jesus for us. This type of prayer is called intercession, and it is simply the act of praying on behalf of others.
Whether we know it or not, we have all been the recipient of this type of prayer, and you probably have prayed more than a few of these for others. There is power when we pray for others, as it gives us the opportunity to think outside our own needs and petition God on behalf of someone else.
We should likewise have the faith to call on the name of Jesus for the miraculous and the courage to leverage every opportunity to tell others about the hope that Jesus offers.
[Upward] What did this passage reveal to you about God? Praise him for being that God.
[Inward] What did this passage bring up in you? Be honest with God about your questions and shortcomings, your fears and desires.
[Outward] What does this passage call me to in relationship to others in my world? Ask God to help you take your place in the new chapter of the Book of Acts that is being written in your life today.