“Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven…” (Mark 6:41)
This heavenward gaze is the posture for prayer also in the Psalms. “To you I lift up my eyes…” (Psalm 123:1). Luther heard in the Psalms the heavenly address of the Son to the Father. Thus, when Jesus intercedes for us in heaven, he looks to his Father with trusting eyes.
But in Gethsemane, bearing our sins, he prayed with his face to the ground. Joining him in confession to the degree we are able, we pray with our heads down, our eyes closed. The stance of the tax collector, the sinner “who would not even look up to heaven,” feels right.
Repenting of our sins, our Lord prostrated himself in our unworthiness. But most often in his prayers, he looked heavenward to show us what we would become. One day we, too, will converse with our Father, gazing into his face. We will see in his eyes all the love with which he has always loved us.
Prayer: Dear Father, forgive me and help me trust already that your glad, proud, glorious gaze upon your Son is also the way you look at me. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Gary Blobaum,
Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Sumter, SC.