Getting Jesus’ Attention - Daily Devotional
Throughout the New Testament as we read about the life of Jesus there are so many examples of people getting their miracles as Jesus was on the way to do something else. These people were able to get Jesus attention and received the answer to their prayers. There’s a lot of things that we can learn from those examples.
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Episode Notes & Bible Verses
Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. – Mark 10:46-52
In this passage, Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem but the noise of the crown caused the blind man to be curious as to what was going on. Verse 47 says that the blind man heard that it was Jesus he cried out loud enough to get his attention. What we see here is the blind man Interrupting where Jesus was heading and crying out loud enough to get Jesus attention over the noise of all the other people around him. Lesson for us here is that when we have need of Jesus and need to call on him we have to be louder than the things around us that would try to drown us out.
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years,[a] but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” – Luke 8:43-48
I’m this passage we see again that Jesus was on the way to Jairus’ house and he was interrupted by the woman with the issue of blood. This woman didn’t even ask for her healing but she pressed through the crowd to touch Jesus and believed that she would be healed. Out lesson here is that when we feel the anointing of the Holy Spirit around us we have to press in to get the answer to our prayers. It might be challenging, it could be tough by we still need to press in.
Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment. – Matthew 15:21-28
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment. – Matthew 8:5-13
In this passage we see that Jesus came down from the mountains and was on his way to Peters house. During his commute, the Centurion came up to him asking him for help regarding his servant. Jesus was amazed at his faith and healed the servant by sending the word. Like that Centurion, we too need to have the boldness to approach Jesus with our request and the faith to believe that Jesus can answer our prayers with just one word. Also in this chapter we see that there was a man with leprosy who was healed as Jesus was on his way to Peter’s house.
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” – Mark 2:1-12
In this passage we read on how Jesus was teaching the word to the people. There was so many people that no one else could get in. There were some friends who were determined to have their friend healed that climbed the house and broke the roof to let their friend down to Jesus. Interrupting what he was teaching in order to do it. These friends knew that getting their friend to Jesus was the only answer and were willing to do whatever it takes to get it done.
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b] Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. – John 2:1-12
In this passage Jesus was just enjoying himself at the wedding. He said that his time has not come yet when his mother asked him to do something about the wine. He then proceeded to give instructions to the servants and we know that he was able to turn the water into wine. And not just any wine but the best wine. So we know who Jesus is and what He can do. We just need to have the boldness to ask and believe that he will work out what’s best for our situation
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” – Mark 4:38-41
This is the ultimate worst interruption for me. When I’m sleeping I don’t like to be woken up. Here the disciples were caught in the storm and thought they were going to die. Then they waked up Jesus to do something. They also should’ve had faith to believe that if Jesus was in the boat with them that they would reach their destination just fine. However, kudos to them for acknowledging that Jesus was able to help them in that situation. Jesus is always with us and he expects us to have the faith to believe that we will make it through any storm that we find ourselves in. But if we need him he is able to calm any storm but we just need to get his attention and wake him up.