I've been pondering Acts 3, which tells of the healing of a lame begger. I'm thankful that the Lord heals. I've seen and experienced his healing. Still, I'm deeply wary of most modern faith-healers
I notice several ways in which the incident in Acts 3 differs from many modern claims of healing.
• Peter and John didn’t advertise a healing service.
• They had no money.
• The healing came without anything to set the mood—No repetitive songs, other than his begging. No faith-building sermons. No testimonies.
• There was no hint that everyone who was not healed of something lacked faith.
• The people recognized the man as the one who used to beg, who’d been lame from birth.
• The Lord, not Peter nor John, received the glory.
• Peter's sermon to the amazed crowd was not about how to get their own physical healing. It was the gospel. He told the people that they were sinners who could be saved if they repented and trusted in Jesus.
Miracles don’t happen on our schedule. They don’t happen according to our plans. They don’t come to enrich the miracle-workers. They are interruptions to ordinary days. They come at the intersection of faith and need—but not just faith in faith. Faith in Jesus! They come not with the power of faith, but with the power of Jesus.