"Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong." NIV translation
Have you ever wondered why Peter took the man by the hand and helped him up? You see, all Peter had to do is to heal the man through Jesus' name then the man could have easily gotten up himself. The healing comes from faith in the power of Jesus Christ but sometimes we must lend others a little bit of our faith. We need to be an example as well as to say the words. Is your life a visible demonstration of the power of Jesus Christ?
"He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God." NIV translation
This verse of scripture is a good model of what should happen in prayer. After, this beggar was healed, he immediately went into the temple praising God. It seems that we are quick to go to God with our concerns and requests but we often leave out the thanksgiving and praise. Every day we have a reason to praise and thank our God and it is not just because He has said yes to one of our requests.
"When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him." NIV translation
These verses describe something that should happen to each of us as we accept Christ and are healed from our sins. When that happens, people should take notice of it and glorify God because of it. As this beggar was healed, the people knew that he had been a cripple and then they saw him walking and praising God. They took notice as it says "they were filled with wonder and amazement".
Today, we get caught up in all sorts of self improvement nonsense but we forget that God is the one who transforms us. When we do the self help stuff, it is easily explained and usually people don't even notice. But, when God does a work in and through you, people will wonder. Then, you can glorify God just as the beggar did by praising Him.
"While the beggar held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon's Colonnade. When Peter saw this, he said to them: 'Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?'" NIV translation
How do you react when those around you are "astonished" about what God has done in and through you? That is what these passages are showing us. You see, all of the people noticed that the crippled beggar was healed and they started acting like it was Peter and John that had cured him and not God. Immediately, Peter puts a stop to this wrong thinking by letting them know that it was not by their power that it was accomplished. We need to be prepared to give God the glory in every situation.