“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer…Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts….” Acts 2:42, 46a (NIV)
Disciples of Jesus Christ must be in the proper attitude and CREATE an atmosphere for soul-winning. In Acts 3:1-11 we see the elements of good atmosphere that existed when Peter and John healed and saved the cripple at the temple gates.
1) Peter and John were in unity…TOGETHER. Remember, Jesus always sent His workers out by twos. (See Mark 6:7.) There is more power where two or more are gathered in His Name (See Matthew 18:20.)
2) They were going to the temple at the TIME OF PRAYER. The Jews had fixed hours for prayer — 9 o’clock, 12 o’clock, and 3 o’clock. Today you are exhorted to pray always, and continuously, creating an atmosphere for the supernatural. (See Ephesians 6:18 and I Thessalonians 5:17.)
3) The man in this story was OUTSIDE THE GATE and was ASKING for help. You will know the atmosphere is ripe when somebody asks you for help.
4) Finally, Peter and John had corrected VISION and noticed the crippled man’s need. A good atmosphere will only produce fruit when YOU see the need. Jesus said, “…look on the fields, “because they are ready for harvest.” (See John 4:35.)
PRAY: “Father, help me to recognize the opportunities that you are providing for me to touch others at the point of their need. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”