Why Were Peter’s Prayers Miraculous?

Question: “Why was Peter’s prayers able to provide miraculous results similar to Jesus?”

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The Book of Acts offers three examples of Peter healing, but how did he heal.

First Example

In this first example, Peter healed a beggar that had been crippled for 40 years since birth.  …what I have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk (Acts 3:6).  

Peter started with saying, “what I have I give to you.” What did Peter have that he could give away?  Peter had the authority to operate in the power of God through the Holy Spirit.  

Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.  And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.(Luke 9:1-2).  Jesus didn’t say to go forth and pray for healing, or ask God, or beg God, but he said that we are to heal through the authority and power He has given.

Then Peter took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength (Acts 3:7).  To do something so new and bold as to take an invalid’s hand and lift him up, Peter must have had the specific prompting of the Holy Spirit and the gift of faith (1 Cor. 12:9).

After being brought into the temple, Annas, the high priest asked Peter, By what power, or by what name, have you done this? ( Acts 4:7).

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, made it clear that the healing was through faith in the name of Jesus Christ and not by his own power.  why marvel you at this? or why look you so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? (Acts 3:12),  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him does this man stand here before you whole (Acts 4:10).

And his name through faith in his name has made this man strong, whom you see and know: yea, the faith which is by him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all (Acts 3:16).  He was healed by faith, which is by or through Jesus.

The beggar was a familiar sight at this temple gate (Acts 3:10). Therefore, Jesus must have passed him many times without healing him.  Why?  Because it wasn’t God’s timing.  God’s timing is just as important as His will for timing is part of His will.  It was God’s timing for God’s greater glory that Jesus waited to heal the beggar from heaven through Peter.

Example 2

In his travel, Peter found a man sick for eight years with palsy, And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ makes you whole: arise, and make your bed. And he arose immediately (Acts 9:34).  Notice that Peter did not pray for the man’s healing or ask God for the man’s healing, but being prompted by the Holy Spirit, as in the first example, he commanded what the Holy Spirit told him and the man was immediately healed.

Example 3

But Peter … kneeled down, and prayed; and turning to the [dead] body said, Tabitha, arise (Acts 9:40).

In this example, unlike the first two, Peter prayed first. Apparently he did not have the leading of the Holy Spirit and prayed to find out how he was to pray for Tabitha. Once he had the Holy Spirit’s direction, he then commanded life into Tabitha.

Most Christians, when praying the prayer of faith pray with many words, often including verses from the Bible, mostly to build their own faith, even though your Father knows what you need before you ask him (Mat. 6:8). In comparison, Jesus, Paul, and Peter prayed, guided by the Holy Spirit, and all their prayers where very short. In the above examples, besides “in Jesus name”, the examples included only four words, eight words, and two words.

Many if not most Christians pray for a situation or healing without the leading of the Holy Spirit.  It is hard to be obedient when we do not know the will of the Lord.  If He has not first given us His will, then we need to stop and ask the Lord for His will and directions. Then the power of the Lord is more likely to manifest through us.

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