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Surprises – Day 30

Acts 3:2

Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.

The Thought

There are many surprises recounted for us in the book of Acts, this is a well known example. This beggar was there every day to ask for money and on this particular day he got the biggest surprise of his life when he didn’t receive money, but a total healing. He walked for the first time ever. Not only walked, but jumped for joy! All the people who recognised him as the beggar at the temple gate were totally surprised!

A small revival began at the temple that day.

There are many other examples of surprising healings in the Bible, many in the old testament, but so many more in the gospels and on through the book of Acts after Jesus had taught His early disciples that they could do what He was doing, as long as they stayed connected to Father God.

That same message is for us today. What joy it is to see someone healed, or even improved as a result of prayer, but some of us give up once there is a small sign of healing. An example in the Bible of an “improvement” didn’t stay as that. Jesus was praying for a blind man in Bethsaida, and after the first prayer (which included an anointing of saliva!) the man’s sight improved, but was far from perfect, so Jesus prayed again and laid hands on the man’s eyes, and they were healed (Mark 8:22-25).


Read more of the miracles in the gospels or Acts of the Apostles and rejoice for all the surprises reported there. Be bold to ask for more surprises in answer to your prayers. Dare to pray bigger prayers!

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