3:1 "Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; 3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms."
I love stories. I think everyone loves a good story. Acts is full of stories. We get these brief snapshots to give us an idea of what those early days were like after Jesus left. The first snapshot after the Day of Pentecost is this one. Peter and John are together so immediately we know they didn't travel in a large group but the design of working in pairs is still there. Do you remember way back in Genesis what God said after He created Adam? "It is not good for man to be alone."
Noah worked with his sons. To Moses he gave Aaron first and later Joshua. All through the Bible are examples of God having people work in pairs. Elijah worked alone and he burned out from the discouragement of it. Always seek to be on a team even if it's only a team of two.
So Peter and John are a team and they head to the temple at the hour of prayer because they know it will be an opportunity to spread the Good News. As they approach the temple they meet a crippled man. We do not know his name. All we know is he was born lame and is now a man. That means he has been decades in this condition. His family has brought him here to ask for alms (money). Every day he sits or lays unable to move asking for money.
Odd isn't it? Odd that we are willing to ask but not willing to ask for what we really need. This man is not poor because he lacks money. He is poor because he lacks mobility. His crippled state is the real problem. Why not ask for a body that works? He is at the temple of the God who opened the Red Sea. The God who created everything. It is the hour of prayer. Why ask for a band-aid (money) instead of healing (the real solution)?
How often do we ask for less than what we truly need? Expect less than we truly need? Believe for less than we truly need.
Tomorrow we'll find out what happens but this morning God challenged me with the question "What are you asking for?"