When You Can't Fix Yourself


Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. — Acts 3:1-3

At some point, we all feel lame. But this man was actually lame. He had been without the use of his legs his whole life. According to Acts 4, this was more than 40 years (Acts 4:22). And at some point, friends or relatives started bringing him to the Temple's main entrance, where at least he might "earn an income" by way of begging because he was unable to work. So this man became accustomed to relying upon the generosity of others. This was his normal experience.

Over the years, I have learned that so many followers become accustomed to their everyday normal. They rely upon natural means of aid because it's all they know. They pursue temporal provisions, prizes, and praises because it's the system they are used to. And sometimes they give up hope because they have tried by natural means with zero success assuming that change is not possible — therefore, they live lame lives.

But God loves to shatter our natural expectations with supernatural interventions. And sometimes, when we least expect it, he shows up and moves us from lame to leaping. Sometimes this is so unbelievable that others will be inclined to reject it. But within us resides an incredible story. A witness that we shouldn't keep to ourselves. It's a story about a God who fixes broken things that we cannot fix by natural means.

Here are two questions for you to consider:

First, have you become accustomed to feeling lame and broke? If so, change it up today, and ask God to do something supernatural.

Second, has God already done something miraculous in your life? If so, then tell the story, regardless of the risk. It's a story about a God who does supernatural things. It may give hope to those who are feeling lame and broke today. Your story may give them the courage to ask God to do something supernatural.

ASK THIS: Have you become accustomed to feeling lame and broke?

DO THIS: Ask God to do something supernatural. (Share below, and we will all pray for you.)

PRAY THIS: God, I confess I have trusted in natural means long enough. I need your provision today.



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When you can't fix yourself

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25 thoughts on “When You Can’t Fix Yourself

  1. Roger says:

    4 years ago my 31 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. I’ve asked God to leave her with us until her youngest was out of diapers. Then, until her children accepted Jesus as their Savior. Now that 3 of the 4 are believers, I look to what else God will allow her to see before her time here over. I’m now convinced that we can ask a BIG God for big things because HE WILL !

  2. Cory B says:

    I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I did a barter prayer. I asked God to just get me through the day safely and I would never drink again. It’s been 7.5 years. For over 6 of those years, I didn’t have much gratitude or understanding of how my desire to drink was just gone. I now know it was not my will power, it was His will.

    Today I humbly ask God to grant me a permanent heart change instead of a sometimes or most of the time change.

  3. Everett says:

    In February of this year, I walked into the gym and my daughter who I hadn’t had a relationship with in 11 years walked up to me and said Happy Birthday! We now attend church together, she has gotten married, and Sunday was baptized with her husband! Only God could have healed our relationship in an instant!

    • Greg says:

      Praise the Lord!
      I also have an estranged son and daughter… your story gives me hope to persevere.
      I cannot imagine the joy you have over God’s grace.

      • Everett says:

        Greg, as my brothers at church told me…..just keep walking. Make His light shine in you so bright that the past just melts away. You are in my prayers because I know how hard it can be. I found peace in whatever He had for me regarding that situation, but joy is a wonderful word and I pray that He grants you that same joy today!

  4. Rex says:

    I miss living like this consistently. God has done so many supernatural things in my life. I have open arms he will do something again today if I ask. Thanks for the reminder Vince !

  5. Dennis James says:

    All praise to God our Father for showing me that He in fact does provide. After working my entire life up until March 2020 when I lost my part time position and my plan of continuing to work and collect my social security retirement was gone in an instant due to the pandemic, God revealed His plan. I started collecting my Social Security Retirement in May 2020 and put my trust in God to make that enough and provide our needs, and He has been a faithful God as I now serve God full time. Where I used to rely on the paycheck from man , I now just trust God to meet our provisions. It does take some adjusting and your life does change bit, but how wonderful the blessings from God and He does and will provide. No more sitting at the gate waiting for a handout for me. Praise God.

  6. SG says:

    Lord – change my heart to trust in you and not in what I am able to fix or not fix. You are so much bigger than all of that.

  7. David J says:

    God help me to stay on the path you have for me. I am overwhelmed with the grace and mercy you have given me

  8. Dennis Burk says:

    I have very limited activity due to degenerating discs in my back. Daily pain managed with meds. I’ve had lots of prayer.
    I’m retired, but there’s so much I can’t do, and have to rely on my wife.

    • Dennis James says:

      Funny we have the same first name and I actually have degenerative discs along with arthritis in my lower lumbar, both legs, wrist and ankles. I thank God that I do not rely on medication. I did go to intense physical therapy and I go to the athletic club at least 3 times a week where I use an Ascent Trainer, which is sort of a recumbent bike but uses the elliptical type mechanics and I do use weight machines for my arms , chest and some back. I cut out processed sugars and cut back on processed foods which all cause inflammation. I still have issues but I am able to be mobile and without pain meds. I will pray for you Brother, I don’t know your situation but possibly with diet changes and movement and of course prayer, you may be able to regain some mobility. I will pray for you Brother.

      • Dennis Burk says:

        Thanks so much for your response.
        I’ve done lots of physio, chiropractor ( great young men that do muscle work etc.)
        Covid really put a pause on the gym.
        I’ve just started back on a recumbent bike and seated leg presses (my knees are bad due to lack of strength)
        We don’t. buy a lot of processed food, and I know sugar is a weakness.
        I generally Have 1 cup of coffee in the morning, and my weight is good.
        I’m early retired, and sing/play keys with 4 other men. That’s just opening up again.
        Thanks for taking the time to respond.

    • Jason says:

      Hi Dennis,
      I pray that your pain will be relieved. God has brought a christian brother who is a chiropractor into my life and my families. My daughter had scoliosis of her back which is gone now. I had injured my knee and the physical therapist said I would have to retire. I am still able to work and thank God for bringing Dr. Gerkin into my life and my families. God bless you and your wife!


      • Dennis Burk says:

        Thanks for replying.
        This has been an ongoing struggle for much of my life.
        I know God works all things together for the good of those who trust Him.
        I’ve heard and read all the scriptures on healing, the blood of Jesus and more.
        Prayer is always welcome.
        Thanks again

  9. Sheldon says:

    Sometimes when faced with challenges , like praying for healing in our lives or praying for others i can truly identify with the disciples when they asked Jesus why could not we have prayed and the people were healed. pray that i would not be lame or broke in my witness for Jesus.

  10. Gerry says:

    God is AMAZING! I’m coming up on 5 years of sobriety and He is the reason for it! He can with you what no one else can, even yourself.

    • Dennis James says:

      Praise God Brother. I have been sober now going on 13 years. God is so good. Keep moving forward Brother. God Bless.

  11. Steve George says:

    Pray for me that I will be emboldened to be more of a witness to his miraculous change in my life that is only made possible by following closely to my master.

  12. John Harding says:

    Thanks Vince! I really needed this devo today after making a very difficult decision yesterday, this devo helped to give me peace in my decision,

  13. Roger says:

    Thank you Lord for putting people in my life who care and support me during my sobriety. Without your help that would not be possible.

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