Daily Bible Reading: Acts 3
Verse of the Day: Acts 3:1 – “Now Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.”
The early disciples were Jews who had been raised in the ways of Judaism. They continued to follow the Jewish traditions of the day. They did this not for their being accepted by God, but to provide a clear opportunity to witness about Jesus. Each day there were two prayer times, each of them followed the two daily sacrifices. One was in the morning, and the other was in the evening. The reference to it being the ninth hour means this was about 3 pm.
The beggar chose this location at the Beautiful Gate because it served as the front door into the Temple. People going to worship would be confronted by the cries of this man’s need. To assuage their guilt, they would need to respond. Peter’s response not only brought healing to the man, but an opportunity to tell others about Jesus. Look for ways to communicate about Jesus today.
Prayer: Father, open doors of opportunity.