Take it! In His Word 4-22-2024


Take it!~ In His Word 4-22-2024

Have you ever said to yourself, “Awe man I missed my chance to…” about anything?  Today I read in Chapter 3 of the Book of Acts about Peter seeing his opportunity and taking it! He had just done the healing of the crippled man that we have all heard about the ‘silver and gold have I none’  guy?  Well, he could have just gone on to pray as was his and John’s plan, but instead he took the opportunity to share Jesus with the people in the crowd! He let them know it was not about him, or John, but about the name of Jesus!

He took the opportunity to share.

Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness?  For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him.  You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer.  You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!

 “Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes. Friends, I realize that what you and your leaders did to Jesus was done in ignorance.  But God was fulfilling what all the prophets had foretold about the Messiah—that he must suffer these things. Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Acts 3:12-19

Often I can tell you with honesty, I talk too much to strangers. My kids would say I tell my whole life story to someone I never met before, but I am looking at it in a different light today. I share things God has done in my life a lot! Not to brag, please don’t think that, but I am just realizing that there are times when I actually don’t miss an opportunity to share.
Today though I am thinking of the times that I don’t. For whatever reason, I often get the thought that ‘I am no one why would they listen to me’. Those times I do not speak, I think about it, but I keep my mouth shut.  Sometimes I think after the fact, that I should have prayed for a certain person or another.

Do you do that?

I have a new plan!  When I think I have missed an opportunity to pray for someone I am now just praying on the spot, where I am!  I have sat in my car after grocery shopping and openly prayed for someone, so why not as I am walking around the store? You don’t have to pray aloud for God to hear y ou! I am not going to allow a missed opportunity in person to keep from sending up a prayer for a person anymore!

Sure, it would be better  in person, cause that person would know someone prayed, but isn’t it just as important to actually pray? The enemy, our adversary would rather we just feel bad about it and talk ourselves down, but our God hears our prayer and lifts us up instead!

So, silver and gold you may not have, so you give them Jesus, right? So, if you are not comfortable praying aloud, in person, then pray as you go! God will hear it just the same! Just speak the name of Jesus over them. Pray in Jesus’ name. Don’t give place to the devil or let him have a foothold in your life by feeling bad and wallowing in missed opportunities. Make the best of each opportunity in your day.  

A teacher wrote that in one of my Yearbook signings. Take the opportunity to make the best in your life, and make the best of it, or something like that. When we respond in prayer to a need we see, God hears it as if we prayed with them. Remember that today!

This is our challenge! Look around and see someone to pray for in Jesus’ name. Share about it to someone else, the need, the fact or just about how you chose to share Jesus with the person if you did that! Then you will have done double like Peter did!

He didn’t just heal the man and walk away, no, Peter took the opportunity to speak to the crowd and share who Jesus was! Why He came, and what He could do for them!

Let’s do this! Let’s look for a place in our day that gives us the chance to share Jesus! If we miss it, we will wish we had done it, but then lets remember and overcome that with Christ! Let’s share Him another way, or pray on our own, or with another friend for the person as we remember them! Instead of the wallowing, lets be proactive for Jesus! We can do it! In Jesus’ name!