For every need the answer given in the scriptures is, look to the LORD!
Even when Jesus prayed, he looked up to heaven.
Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. Matthew 14:19
What does it mean to look up to the LORD?
“Look up” in the Hebrew language is tsâphâh which means to peer into the distance, to observe, await, to keep watch.
Keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at “look up” in context.
Psalms 5:3 tells us that looking up is connected to prayer.
I will direct my prayer unto thee and look up.
I will watch and observe in prayer what the Lord says to me. I will wait for his direction, I will wait for his word.
Isaiah 8:17 tells us that the prophet says, he will wait and look to the lord for an answer to his prayer.
Isaiah 45:22 says that when we look with respect to the Lord, he brings salvation. God alone can save us from our sin, and save us from all trouble.
Zechariah 12:10 tells us that when the Spirit of grace and supplications are poured out from the Lord, it causes the nation of Israel to look up to the Lord.
We can see a spiritual principle here. Putting this together we find that when God’s mercy is released through the spirit of prayer, it brings revelation knowledge of Jesus Christ.
An important point to remember when praying for Israel but also for the lost of all nations.
The book of John reiterates this. Using the Greek word optanomai.
To look or gaze with awe and wonder.
And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. John 1:36-40
So we can see that this “looking” phenomenon is more than simply taking a look. It’s looking with respect, awe, and wonder. Like gazing into the eyes of the one you love!
Keeping this in mind let’s examine this “looking up” in the context of prayer.
Says looking unto Jesus. The Savior pierced for our sins who is the author and finisher of our faith.
Looking with awe and wonder with respect to the Lord, the author of our faith who is also the completer of our faith.
We must look to the Lord for our salvation which encompasses all the things we need to be saved from.
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Psalm 105:4
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. Psalm 34:5
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. Isaiah 45:22
But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7
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