Psalm 3:4 NKJV
“I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah.”
David captured the attention of God many times. Zacchaeus and the woman with the issue of blood captured the attention of Jesus (even though they was in a crowd ) as He passed by. Blind Bartimaeus and the disciples captured the attention of Jesus as He passed by. We too, must capture God’s attention, minister to Him and in return He will minister to us.
I. Capture the attention of God:
When you capture a person’s attention you attract and hold (catch and keep) their attention.
Attention: act or fact of attending, heed, power of attending, notice, care and thought.
Jesus sent His disciples out in a boat and told them to go to the other side. Around evening time they were in the middle of the sea, and it began to get stormy. The disciples were having a hard time rowing because of the wind and waves. Jesus saw them from where He was. He could see that they were in trouble so He went out to them (by walking on the water). Jesus would have passed them by had they not cried out to Him, had they not captured His attention.
Mark 6:47-48 NKJV
“Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by.”
Matthew 14:25 NKJV
“Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, ‘It’s a ghost!’ And they cried out for fear.”
The Lord can see that we are in need and He is more than able to help us, but we must cry out to Him. We too, must capture His attention.
Matthew 14:27 NKJV
“But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
The Lord is the great I Am. With Him nothing is impossible. He is more than able to act on our behalf (to attend to our need). He holds all power and He care about our needs.
Exodus 3:14 NKJV
“And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ And He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
In their distress, the Israelites cried out to God for help (they captured His attention). God heard their cries and He answered their cry for help.
Exodus 2:23-25 NKJV
“Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.”
Battimaeus was desperate for help. He knew that if he could get Jesus’ attention that He would help him. He did not want Jesus to pass him by, so, Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus with everything within him.
Mark 10:47 NKJV
“And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ ”
By faith Peter stepped out on the water when Jesus instructed him to. After Peter stepped out of the boat he became afraid and he cried out to Jesus.
Matthew 14:29-30 NKJV
“So He said, ‘Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ ”
When the judgment on Nineveh was given by Jonah, the people cried out to God for mercy and forgiveness. They desperately sought the attention of God.
Jonah 3:5-9 NKJV
“So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. Then word came to the King of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?”
The people of Nineveh captured the attention of God. Their repentance moved the Lord to offer mercy and grace to them.
Jonah 3:10 NKJV
“Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil; way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.”
II. Minister to God by acknowledging who He is:
When you get God’s attention, minister to Him. One way to minister to the Lord is to acknowledge who He is and who Jesus is. You can not draw close to the Father or worship Him if you deny the deity of Jesus Christ. Denying the deity of Jesus is the same as denying God the Father.
I John 2:23 NKJV
“Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”
I John 4:15 NKJV
“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in Him, and he in God.”
John 5:23 NKJV
“That all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”
Peter ministered to Jesus by recognizing Him for who he was, he addressed Jesus as such (Lord). Peter knew that with Jesus (and His power) he could do the impossible.
Matthew 14:28 NKJV
“And Peter answered Him and said, ‘Lord. if it is You, command me to come to You on the waves.”
Bartimaeus ministered to the Lord by acknowledging who He was.
Mark 10:48 NKJV
“Then many wanted him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’”
The gentile woman who had a daughter with an unclean spirit recognized who Jesus was. She had heard about Jesus and she believed in Him. She ministered to Jesus by showing great faith in Him.
Mark 7:28 NKJV
“And she answered and said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.’”
III. God will minister to you:
After Zacchaeus had ministered to the Lord, Jesus ministered to him and to his house.
Luke 19:9-10 NKJV
“And Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.’”
Peter’s needs were met (when he began to waver in his faith) by the Lord reaching out to him as he began to sink.
Matthew 14:31-32 NKJV
“And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt? And when they got in the boat, the wind ceased.”
The Lord met the need that the disciples had by calming the winds and the sea. He provided peace, protection and safety for them.
Mark 6:51 NKJV
“Then He went up into the boat to them, and the wind ceased. And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled.”
Jesus granted the woman’s request (He met her need) as a result of her faith in Him and who He was.
Mark 7:29-30 NKJV
“Then He said to her, ‘For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.’ And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.”
When you cry out (capture the attention of) to God and minister to Him, He will meet your needs.
Luke 9:37-42 NKJV
“Now it happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountains, that a great multitude met Him. Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, ‘Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child. And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth; and it departs from him with great difficulty, bruising him. So I implored You disciples to cast it out, but they could not.’ Then Jesus answered and said, ‘O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.’ And as he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him. Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father.”
The father of the boy cried out to Jesus, recognizing that only He could help his son. The father had asked man (the disciples) to help but they could not. He knew that his son’s only hope was in Jesus, therefore he cried out to Him. It did not matter to the father who was around (a great multitude), he was desperate for the attention of Jesus. As those around you see the Lord ministering to you, the Lord will be glorified.
Luke 9:43 NKJV
“And they were all amazed at the majesty of God.”
Matthew 14:33 NKJV
“Then those who were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God!’ ”
If your desire is for ‘more of the Lord,’ then begin to cry out to Him. Capture His attention (attract and hold).
Psalm 84:2 NKJV
“My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”
No matter what your situation or circumstance is, Cry Out To The Lord .
Psalm 119:145-152 NKJV
“I cry out with my whole heart;
Hear me, O Lord!
I will keep Your statutes.
I cry out to You;
Save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.
I rise before the dawning of the morning,
And cry for help;
I hope in Your word.
My eyes are awake through the night watches,
That I may meditate on Your word.
Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness;
O Lord, receive me according to Your justice.
They draw near who follow after wickedness;
They are far from Your law.
You are near, O Lord,
And all Your commandments are truth.
Concerning Your testimonies,
I have known of old that You have founded them forever.”