“Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, 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 from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: 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 ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”
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What a reaction this man had to his healing. Not only did he receive the ability to walk when he had never walked in his life before, but his first action was to walk into the temple. Where do I go when God answers my prayers? Do I go straight back to Him in praise and thanksgiving, or do I go about my day and forget that He has blessed me?
Sometimes it’s easy to receive an answer to prayer and take it for granted. No, not every answer to prayer is answered the way we want, but God is faithful to answer our prayers and we need to be faithful to thank Him and trust Him whatever the answer He has given us may be. So, I challenge you today, to go walking, leaping, and praising God, simply because He has answered your prayers. Maybe He hasn't yet answered your prayers from today but He has answered your prayers from before. God is not obligated to answer our prayers at all and the fact that He does, is simply more proof that He loves us.
3 ways we should react to answered prayer:
How do I go about walking and leaping and praising God? Well there’s a literal walking and leaping, but there’s also spiritual walking, leaping and praise.
Walking with Jesus:
walking with Jesus is an every day commitment to read, pray, praise, and live for him. By reading the word of God we are learning more about Him and getting a closer relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. When we pray, we are talking directly to Jesus and in our praise we are showing that He is worthy to be our King and Savior.
Leaping for Joy:
There’s more to leaping for joy than actually letting your feet leave the ground. Think of it like a burst of energy or like one big leap of faith. Joy it doesn’t always mean that you are happy with life or my circumstances, but Joy is knowing that I am His and He is mine. Joy is the hope of salvation and the result of knowing that I am never alone because He lives within me.
Praising His Name:
Whether I like to sing or not, whether my voice is the sweet sound of the singing sparrow or the loud cackle of an off-key crow, the Bible tells us that we are to praise Him with a joyful noise. So, praise His name with all passion and perseverance, not caring who hears, who sees, who judges, or who disapproves. Our praise is for Him and Him alone, so let your voice fill this place and ever praise Him.
Spend your time in fellowship with God today and react to the prayers He has answered in your life, even if you didn't like the answer. He was faithful enough to give you one, so don't forget to praise Him for just being our God.