Read Acts 14:1-28
Key Verse: Acts 14:9 “He was listening as Paul preached, and Paul noticed him and realized he had faith to be healed.” (NLT)
Tucked into this action packed chapter is the account of how one man who was crippled from birth had received a healing from God. Paul and Barnabas were preaching the Good News to the people in the city of Lystra when this one man seems to stand out to Paul. We are told that Paul noticed that this crippled man had faith to be healed. It is exciting to see that Paul was looking at the crowds to see who had faith. It was common for the believers to see many great miracles (v. 3) and Paul was always looking for opportunities to see God do great things in people’s lives. What about us, do we look for opportunities to see God do such amazing things as heal a man crippled from birth?
There was something special about that crippled man. Paul could see by looking at him that he had faith to be healed of a disability that he had lived with all his life. What does faith look like when you can see it in someone’s face as Paul did? More importantly, do we have that kind of faith that people can see in us simply by looking at our faces? I think we ought to have that kind of faith in God, faith that believes and expects whole-heartedly. The same kind of faith and expectation that little children have when they are excited at the possibility of something good happening. Let your faith help you to look for opportunities to see God’s power at work and ask God for the kind of faith that people can see in your life just by looking at you.
Prayer: “Lord, please give me more faith in you. I want to have the faith and courage to Act Out as Paul did when I see opportunities to see your power displayed in people’s lives.”