I have always loved the Apostle Peter. I have especially been impressed with his almost reckless faith. When the Lord said “Come, follow me,” Peter dropped his fishing nets where he stood and immediately followed the Master, with no thought of how he would provide for himself or his family. It was enough that the Master had commanded him to follow. He obeyed.
Later, in a ship near to be overwhelmed by the boisterous winds, he saw the Master walking upon the water. Peter wished to walk out to Jesus on the water. The Master bade him to do so. Without a second thought, Peter leaped over the side of the ship and began walking towards Jesus. It was only when he took his eyes off of Jesus and paid heed to the buffeting storm around him that he began to sink, and Christ had to lift him out of the storm.
Still later, when he perceived that it was the resurrected Christ who awaited them on the sea shore, he had no thought for the great draught of fishes they had just taken, and couldn’t be troubled to wait for a boat. He leaped into the water and swam to shore to reach the Master more quickly.
Just now, I was reading the following account of Peter, in Acts 3. I was so touched by the power of his faith, and the result—instant and complete healing—that it brought me to tears. I wanted to share it with all of you.
1 NOW Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
Pres. Packer gave an excellent talk about the power of the Priesthood in this past conference. Peter was one who not only had the authority, but truly had the power of the Priesthood because of his great, vital faith. I also loved how Pres. Packer taught that powerful Priesthood service begins in the home.
Thinking about Peter’s example the last few days has made me want to be so much more for my family and for the Lord. I want to have the kind of faith that Peter had, the kind of faith that made him one of the most powerful Priesthood leaders ever—the kind of faith that never questioned why the Lord asked him to do something, but simply focused on what the Lord had asked him to do, and then he did it. Immediately. That was the kind of powerful faith that enabled Peter to say, with complete confidence, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” This was the kind of faith that healed men. I wish that I had that kind of faith. Perhaps if I did, I could reach out and heal all of us who have GID.