“Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 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 of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength.” Acts 3:1-7
The lame man was strategically positioned at the gate of the temple called Beautiful to appeal to the emotion of worshippers for handouts. First, the lame man was not ‘laid daily’ just near any road or even market; the man was by the gate of the temple.
His primary target audience was religious people who believed that giving alms was part of their religious practice; those who had the understanding that giving to the poor was a commandment of God. Proverbs 28:27. Second, the lame man was consistently laid at the gate called Beautiful. He was committed to the business of begging worshippers by the gate called Beautiful; that was his duty post – he was laid daily there!
Third, the lame man was not just seating at the gate called Beautiful; when he saw his prospective client he gave expression to his expectation. He asked them for an alms; Peter looked (I believe) straight into his eyes and commanded him to pay full attention to what was going to happen next. The lame man gave heed unto them expecting to receive something from them.
Other people may have been passing without saying a word to this man; what a great day for the lame man, here was one prospective client that was willing to enter into conversation with the lame man. The man was hundred percent sure that h would get something from Peter. His faith was fully released waiting to take delivery of ‘something’ from Peter. What that thing was, was not the issue; the main issue here is that something is about dropping off Peter to the lame man. The latter knew it and was fully ready for it.
When Peter thundered “…silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee…”; the lame man was not disappointed that he was not going to receive money from this wonderful client who was humane enough to engage him in conversation in the first place.
The expectation paid off, the lame man got what was greater than silver and gold. He was put in command of silver and gold; with his legs were restored, he could walk, work and do what he could not do before. Rather than relying on someone to lay him daily at the gate called Beautiful; he could live a beautiful life by earning a decent living for himself but he was expectant!
The power of expectation is able to provoke the right action which is a key requirement to seeing the desired result as far as God is concerned. Don’t stop at hope; start expecting. Demonstrate your expectation by taking scriptural steps. You will never be disappointed!
For instance, your miracle of answered prayer is only waiting for your obedience to God’s commandments not just to pray but to do what compels God to answer your prayers.
As the lame man asked for an alms; you may have been asking, seeking and knocking in prayers and it seems all doors and gates are firmly locked; stop, obey the commandments of soul winning, soul-ingathering and soul establishment and see answers to your prayers rain on you in torrents! You are next in line for a miracle!
Scriptures for meditation: Proverbs 24:13-14