In today’s first reading, Peter and John heal a crippled man they encountered on their way to attend the three o’clock hour of prayer. The miracle performed was amazing. Having said that I was struck by the fact that Peter and John practiced regular periods of prayer throughout every day. When you think about it, isn’t that how Peter and John were able to perform the healing of the crippled man? Weren’t they empowered by their prayers calling upon the healing power of Christ?
Peter and John were going up to the temple area
for the three o’clock hour of prayer.
And a man crippled from birth was carried
and placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate” every day
to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.
When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,
he asked for alms.
But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,
and said, “Look at us.”
He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.
Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold,
but what I do have I give you:
in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.”
Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up,00
and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong.
He leaped up, stood, and walked around,
and went into the temple with them,
walking and jumping and praising God.
When all the people saw him walking and praising God,
they recognized him as the one
who used to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the temple,
and they were filled with amazement and astonishment
at what had happened to him.
Regular prayer strengthens our relationship with Jesus. If we pray consistently there isn’t anything that we can do in his name. So pray, pray and pray some more.