Praying for Church Planting through the Book of Acts
Chapters 1 and 2 describe what happened to the church at large when the Holy Spirit came. Chapter 3 turns to the experience of two disciples and one handicapped man. Arriving at the temple they found this man begging for change. Their compassion for him leads them beyond meeting his immediate need. Instead, they are able to restore strength to his body. So, we pray for the Gospel to bring renewal, restoration, and reformation.
The beautiful thing about this passage is that it reminds us that Jesus isn't just in the business of saving souls. He wants to restore and renew the whole person. By healing this man, Peter and John gain quite a bit of attention. They use this opportunity to remind people, once again, that this is the power of God on display through the death and resurrection of Christ. So, we pray for God to work in mighty ways that create opportunities to share the Gospel.