Acts 3 – Prayer and fasting Journal – January 4, 2017 – Pastor Dennis Shillingburg
Acts 3:1 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.
Peter and John, what a partnership. They spent three years together experiencing Jesus’ ministry firsthand. After the resurrection, though Peter had denied Jesus, John did not deny Peter. These partners ran to the tomb together after hearing the news that Jesus was alive (John 20:3). They fished together and John helped Peter recognize the risen Jesus on the shore of Galilee (John 21:7). Weeks later the two walked to prayer together and for the first time since Jesus sent out the twelve in Luke 9, Peter prayed for someone to be healed. Who was with him, John. Something changes in us when we are partnered up. Courage, confidence, faith, accountability, partnership? Maybe this is why God said “it’s not good for man to be alone” (Gen. 2:18) or why Solomon said “two are better than one” (Ecc. 4:9-12). This principle of partnership is seen over and over in the Bible and in creation. God has wired us to do life together. Has isolation become a theme in your life? Maybe you are surrounded by people and still feel alone. Perhaps it is time to pray specifically for partnership. Ask God to connect you with someone who you can pray, laugh, cry, serve, vacation, and just share life with. This kind of partnership is invaluable and will help you step out more courageously just like Peter’s friendship with John did. Though their partnership didn’t keep Peter from failing, it helped him come back from failure. Thoughts on partnership: