“Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. 2 As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. 4 Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. 6 But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” 7 Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. 8 He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.” (Acts 3:1-8, NLT)
Expectation, looking forward to something. Faith and expectation go hand in hand. When you have faith that something is going to happen, you are expecting it to happen. When you pray for someone to be healed, you expect to see them healed. When you pray for provision, you expect there to be provision. We have expectation in these things and many others because God, through His word, tells us to expect. “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:24, NKJV) Believing, praying in faith, and expecting all work together. Throughout the entire Bible you can read about those who lived with expectation. They stepped out of their comfort zone and they went places and did things they didn’t know much about but they were expecting something to happen.
The passage I used at the beginning stuck out to me. The man was looking for money. Verse 5 says, “The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money.” He didn’t get what he expected, but got something even better. Expectation causes you to focus on a certain purpose and it opens the door for God to do more than you expected.
What’s my purpose in this? To encourage you to live with an expectation of something. Your vision, purpose, and destiny requires you to expect something. Living in expectation stirs your faith and ignites your vision. Begin to expect what God has promised for your life, you may not get exactly what you expect, like the lame man, but you will get exactly what God wants which is always better than anything we want.
Start today even, if you’re part of a church, go expecting. Go with an expectation of meeting God, go expecting God move in a mighty way. Go expecting to see people healed, delivered, and set free. When we go expecting it opens that door of faith for God to move in a mighty way. Go expecting, and expect God to do even more than what you are believing for. I believe the lame man in this passage needed money because he couldn’t work. God solved two problems in one, he healed the man so that he wouldn’t have to beg for money any longer, he could go work. There’s no scripture to back that up, that’s just my own thoughts on it. He was expecting money because he was lame from birth, the scripture tells us that. God gave him more than that, He gave him something he had never experienced.
It’s time to expect big, it’s time to expect God to do things in your life that you have never experienced. It’s time to expect God to do things in your church and in your community that has never been experienced.
Expectation, it’s going to open the door wide for God to move in your life