Psalm 121

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Eyes Up

Praying Effectively

I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

It is probably a good thing we cannot text God. If we could, it is highly likely we would substitute a deep, significant relationship with a keyboard instead of seeking an audience with the Creator. Dr. Howard Murad, a dermatologist and best-selling author, has done some fascinating research on how cultural stress has not only negatively impacted the quality of our lives but also the condition of our skin. According to Dr. Murad, “We live in a hyper connected age. Yet the irony of technological advancement is that we are actually becoming less connected to each other.” For that reason, Dr. Murad established the “Eyes Up” campaign to, “Improve the quality of human connections.” He is urging people to take as little as five minutes to an hour a day to: take a break from devices, disconnect from work, and connect with someone important to them in order to reduce cultural stress.

Evidently, this psalmist had the same idea from a spiritual perspective when he urged the Israelites to lift up their eyes to the hills, from where their help comes. Louie Giglio wrote, “There are times in life when our circumstances defy simply explanations. Trying times such as an unexpected diagnosis, abandonment from loved ones, or even the death of someone we care deeply for stretch us to our limits and leave us in the place where we have no choice but to lift our eyes about our understanding.” Effective prayer begins by lifting our eyes from current circumstances to the One who never sleeps nor slumbers and allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by a deep personal communion with Him.