We appreciate having the undivided attention of others, especially when we have something important to share. To be realistic, that seldom happens! We live in a noisy world; and with the background sounds of television and music, some focus is automatically removed from the speaker. A second problem involves other distractions. It could be a coworker coming in; or a telephone or door bell interrupting your conversation. The third reason is not even seen or heard by the one speaking. It involves the lack of concentration of the listener. Any pastor or public speaker is well aware of that! We all have so much on our minds; and they are usually running at full speed ahead!
The expression “having a captive audience” is a description of having the attention of an individual or a group. At least for a while, they must listen to you. The Bible has a story with the location of a prison. “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,
(Acts 16:25 NKJ).”
Many churches host community sings and hold watch night services. None could compare with this jail scene! Paul and Silas made a choice to sing, praise, and worship God, instead of moaning and groaning. The complaining would likely have been ignored by the other prisoners. Praying and singing got their attention! If we do the unexpected in times of trouble, we may also discover we have “a captive audience!”