Peter and John
Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 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; 3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. 4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 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.” Acts 3:1-6 NKJV
Everyone has needs and desire provisions from time to time. There are some who look to God to receive their needs met, and, then there are others who look to man. Beggars look to man, but a believer will looks to God and stand on His promise (Phil. 4:19). Like Peter and John who were channels and instruments, greatly used of God to bring healing and deliverance to the lame man, God will use faith-walking believers to, spiritually, open the blind eyes of beggars.
“Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.” Throughout the book of Acts alone, in most translations, “Peter and John” are mentioned together at least fourteen times—always in that order: “Peter and John.” One can clearly see that Apostles Peter and John were a team.
Peter was headstrong, brash, impulsive, the more vocal part of the team, but he had the revelation of Christ (Matt. 16:18). On the other hand, John seemed to be the quiet, silent, indispensible, but necessary part of the team. John had the closest relationship to Jesus. He laid his head on Jesus’ bosom (John 13:23); thus, John had the heartbeat of the Father (John 14:10).
In any relationship, somebody needs to have the heart the Father, and not just opinions about God. Opinions are like rear-ends, i.e., everybody has one, but to hear from God is indispensible. Every believer needs both the spirit of “Peter” and the spirit of “John.” Peter had the revelation of Christ, but it was John who had the heart of God.
This team of men notwithstanding their new Christian faith, they continued to observe the Jewish hour of prayer at the Temple—at least—during the evening prayer time, i.e., 3PM (see Psalm 55:17 and Matt. 27:46). Peter and John were miracle workers. Why? Because they were men of “unfeigned” prayer. Unfeigned prayer is not what you say to God, but what God says to you. Prayer is inviting Father to speak to us, much like He spoke to Peter and John in our text (Acts 3:4-6).