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    Every day this week, you'll find some devotional notes here to inspire prayer and praise.

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    Healing

    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!” AND HE TOOK HIM BY THE RIGHT HAND AND RAISED HIM UP, AND IMMEDIATELY HIS FEET AND ANKLES WERE MADE STRONG. (ACTS 3:6-7, ESV)

    The account of Peter and John meeting the lame beggar outside the temple has a beautifully familiar feeling to it. Here are ordinary people, as messy and complicated as any of us, yet they are healing people just like Jesus did!

    Reading through the gospels you find stories of healing on almost every page; then there’s a few pages at the start of the book of Acts where we are left with the feeling that Jesus’ disciples would have had, ‘Will the miracles stop now Jesus has gone?’ This first story, and the many that follow in Acts, confirm what Jesus said; that his followers (back then and today) can do what he did.

    Matthew 8:14 records one of Jesus’ healings, ‘And when Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her’. Just like that, one quick touch. Note the location as well; a humble fisherman’s hut. Charles Spurgeon wrote this about it, ‘God is more often in little huts than in rich palaces. Jesus is looking round your room now, and is waiting to be gracious to you.’

    Ordinary people, ordinary places. Jesus has promised that when you are walking with Holy Spirit, you will see people healed.

    Prayer Prompts

    1) Praise God for his power over pain, and his care for individuals.

    2) Ask God to use you and others at Crown so that healings and other miracles can back-up the sharing of the gospel in our everyday lives, on our Alpha Course and when we gather together.

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