The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
In Acts 9:32-35, Peter is going to care for Christians in Lydda. This tells us, of course, that even in the early days of Christianity, the leaders would travel to provide Christian care for the saints. Ministry to others remains a very important part of Christian leadership to this day. While some care includes helping with physical needs, the bulk involves visiting, praying, giving wise counsel, and encouraging people in their Christian lives. For this reason, Christian pastors don’t always seem to be working in the terms others may recognize. Yet it is work, and valuable work.
Peter is not single-minded. When he encountered a man who had been disabled for eight years, he shifted gears, prayed for the man, and was able to receive him healthy and believing that Jesus is the one who healed him.
As usual, we find that Jesus’ healing work and his presence through his apostle Peter brings glory to God and moves people to trust in Jesus. Those who practice ministry with integrity bring a good reputation to Jesus. We pray that this will be the case everywhere and at all times.
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