CAC Living Water Daily Devotional | Monday, February 7, 2022 | Attracting God’s Attention
Topic: Attracting God’s Attention
Date: Monday, February 7, 2022
Read: Luke 18:35-43
Luke 18:35-43 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Luke 18:39).
Being attracted is to turn or look the way of a caller, or an event. It is answering to a persistent demand (Jn. 20:11-16). It is both voluntary and involuntary actions by the attracted. Attraction can sometimes be distraction.
God is ever busy (Jn. 5:17). Yet, He finds time for man in every situation. He even encourages man to approach Him anytime, and that through His only begotten Son, Jesus (Isa. 1:18; 41:1; Jn. 14:14-19). We may always attract His attention by prayers. This is one of the keys that open heaven, and surely attracts God’s attention. Any counsel or knowledge that limits or condemns this exercise is demonic and surely antichrist. ‘Pray without ceasing’, thus says the Lord! The cry of Bartimaeus in our text today (cf. Mk. 10:46-52), is a kind of prayer that halted the Master’s movement.
Another important factor in this regard is persistence. God cherishes persistence. He who seeks the face of God with persistence against every ailing situation and affliction through the Holy Spirit, attracts God’s attention greatly (Rom. 8:26,27). This turned out to be a testimony to the blind man as read in today’s devotional scripture. Jesus’ parable in Luke 18, highlighting the widow’s importunity vividly illustrates the concept on ground. Don’t give up! God is listening!
Moreover, the action of Ahab in 1 Kings 21:17-29 teaches us that humility attracts God’s attention positively. The All-seeing God (Heb. 4:13) saw Ahab’s gruesome murder of Naboth, and was ready to repay him accordingly (cf. Rev. 2:18-23; 22:9-12ff). However, the attitudes of repentance and humility shown by him (v. 29; cf. Prov. 28:13; Lk. 15:11ff; 2 Pet. 3:9) turned God’s attention to him for mercy (cf. Isa. 57:15; 66:2). Pride turns God against the proud (Jas. 4:6,7).
May we find His grace to do those things that would attract His positive attention to us. Amen!
1. Thank God for His listening ears to our cries.
2. Ask God for the grace to be importunate in prayers.
3. Pray for the weary and disheartened brethren for mercy and grace to attract God’s visitation again.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Leviticus 15 – 18
Author: Christ Apostolic Church [Worldwide]