Getting God's Attention
“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.” Matthew 8:8
If we want to get God’s attention, there are ways to do so, and ways that definitely do not work. In this Centurion’s case, he was respectful (lord), humble (undeserving) and yet he was also bold (just say the word). Imagine though if he tried to whine, complain, demand, barter, throw a temper tantrum, hold his breath, shake his fist in anger or challenge Jesus. Those manipulative tactics may work on some people, but they never turn God’s head. He is stronger, tougher and cannot be fooled. To get God’s attention requires the Centurion’s approach.
“When Jesus heard this, He was astonished…, ‘I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” Matthew 8:10
Why we want to get God’s attention is because we’re either hurting or in trouble, or we have a loved one who is. Contrary to what some people think, God actually wants us to do this. God says in Psalm 50:15, “CALL upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you…” We call on God by our: Prayers and Petitions… With Praise…
“…In everything, with thanksgiving…” Philippians 4:6c
Nothing screams arrogance or pride like ingratitude or people who feel they are entitled. These may be the two worst sins in the Bible - if there were grades of sin. The reason for this is because God, being our Creator and all powerful, knows who He is and also who we are. So giving Him any attitude whatsoever is extremely offensive. When we pray with thanksgiving it pleases God and it proves we are humble and respectful of His position.
“He who sacrifices thank-offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:23 …We present.
“…Present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6d
To present means to make something known to God - to bring it to His attention. Now, God already knows, but it is on us to ask. By presenting our requests to the Lord, we invite Him into our troubles, to work His miracles.
“…Jesus and His disciples had also been invited to the wedding.” John 2:2
From sermon notes February 6, 2022