Prayer: God’s Faithful Distributors

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Seeing Peter and john about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”—Acts 3:

 

Gracious Father, we may be just like Peter and John, living modestly, or even among the poorest, but You have given us all something to share with others along this journey. As Peter and John told the beggar at the gate, they did not have silver or gold, but they gave him something, someone far greater and more valuable than that: they gave him Jesus of Nazareth who healed his situation!

No matter our situation or circumstance we also are able to participate in bringing Jesus to others as You place us in strategic places and call us to ministries of distribution. God forbid we begin to have self-pity or become like so many, forgetting who we are and fall into temptation to hoard and keep Jesus to ourselves! But help us daily to be more like Peter and John regarding the beggar at the gate. Daily may we distribute what and whom You have given us to share:

  • If it is indeed, material wealth and possessions then let us spread it generously around to others in need…
  • If it is wisdom the let us share it gladly through godly counsel to those in confusion…
  • If it is knowledge of Your Word then let us spread it to the farthest reaches of the earth; preaching and teaching in Your name not looking for personal fame or gain but only concerned with lifting up Jesus to those in darkness…
  • If it is healing then let us lay on hands or pray or listen, restoring broken lives through the power of the Holy Spirit…
  • If it is prayer then let us spread it everywhere we go, praying for others, helping others to pray more, Giving Jesus to those who don’t know him through prayer…
  • If it is love and acceptance then let us love like never before. Let us open our arms, hearts, and homes to those who have been rejected in so many quarters…
  • If it is faith then let us spend our days and nights encouraging the discouraged, planting seeds of hope everywhere we go, through every conversation we have…

Lord, the gifts of Your kingdom are vast and You spread them among us to share with others.  Help us to walk this earth, to go about our daily tasks fully aware of who we are and whose we are! Peter and John might have given the beggar a gold or silver coin, but that would not have helped his situation, it would not have addressed his deeper need: to know Jesus, to receive healing and liberty!

Give us spiritual eyes to see, and help us do more than boast about our (spiritual) gifts but help us be about the ministry of distribution each and every day until You call us home to heaven. Amen

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