I love thrift stores. There’s something about getting a great deal that just makes me happy. One of my latest finds was a brand new Bible trivia book. I’m a knowledge junkie so Bible trivia is one of my favorite things. In this book, there was a question I had never thought of before, and of course, didn’t know the answer to.
We played a lot of bible trivia with our Sunday school students in the past, so I had heard “What is the shortest verse in the Bible?” countless times. (The answer is “Jesus Wept.” in John 11:35) But, I hadn’t heard “What is the shortest prayer in the Bible?” before. That solution is found in a story that illustrates why you should fix your eyes on Jesus.
Why you should fix your eyes on Jesus
Matthew 14: 22-33 tells the story of when Jesus walked on the water to the disciples in the boat, and Peter asked to walk out there too. After Jesus bids him “Come“, Peter enjoys a divine experience as his feet skimmed the surface of the waves on his way to Jesus. Can you imagine his awe and wonder at this unbelievable adventure? What a privilege!
(I’m sure the other disciples would have walked on water too if they just would’ve asked Jesus. That makes me wonder how many amazing opportunities we miss simply because we don’t pray for them.)
Peter’s elation quickly turned to panic as he saw the wind roaring, stirring up waves around him. Suddenly he began to sink. Why? Because he stopped looking at the Lord. And then Peter cries out to Jesus, with the shortest prayer found in the bible, “Lord, save me“.
Jesus immediately gives Peter a hand, rescues him, and reveals the reason Peter could no longer do the miraculous. He says “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
If you don’t fix your eyes on Jesus, your faith will wane, and you will sink when the storms of life hit.
If we only spent more of our time in looking at Christ we should soon forget ourselves. ~ D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
How to fix your eyes on Jesus
Fixing your eyes on Jesus is turning your attention to the instruction, position, and admonitions of the Lord. You have to know what Jesus said about who He is, where He is, what He has done, and what He will do. That means you have to read the bible and grow in the knowledge of Jesus.
The Lord reveals himself through His word, so the more time you spend in it, the better you know Him. And the more you know Him, the stronger your faith is. When belief in Christ increases, so does your boldness, which leads to greater fruitfulness.
Memorizing and reciting scripture is a wonderful way to maintain a sober mind and a stellar focus on Christ.
Praising the Lord is another great way to raise your gaze off of yourself and your problems and onto Jesus, where it belongs.
Part of the old hymn The Heavenly Vision (Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus) by Helen Lemmel, says:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace
And of course, prayer is a must for every endeavor in life. Here is a simple prayer to help you fix your eyes on Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, you are good and gracious, compassionate and kind, and I love you so much. You know the chaos around me, the circumstances I’m in, and the condition of my heart. Please help me to lift up my eyes to your Son and look on Him instead of all of my problems. Clear out the clutter in my mind and enable me to focus on the words and ways of Jesus today. Thank you for your love, for your grace that enables me and your Spirit that empowers me. In the matchless and mighty name of Christ, my King, I pray. Amen.
Benefits of fixing your eyes on Jesus
Hebrews 13:8 says that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His character is unchanging. He always has been, and always will be your Rock and Redeemer, full of grace and truth.
He is the only constant in an ever-changing world. So when you fix your eyes on Jesus you have spiritual stability even though your life is spinning out of control.
Fixing your eyes on Jesus also brings contentment, whereas looking to others, or at the world will just make you dissatisfied. Satan will tempt you to look anywhere and everywhere other than to Jesus for satisfaction. But true freedom and fulfillment are found only in Christ. And Jesus is Better than anyone and anything else!
Another benefit of being focused on the Lord is the strength to resist temptation. You will always be tempted to run to old habits for comfort, but time in prayer with your great high priest gives you the ability to abstain from fleshly lusts.
Hebrews 4:15-16~ For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
10 Bible verses to help you fix your eyes on Jesus
I use the King James Version, so the exact phrase “fix your eyes upon Jesus” doesn’t appear in this translation. But there are scriptures about looking to the Lord for help and hope in our times of need.
- Hebrews 12:1-2 ~ Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
- Isaiah 45:22 ~ Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
- Micah 7:7 ~ Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
- Psalm 5:3 ~ My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
- Isaiah 51:1 ~ Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
- Psalm 121:1 ~ I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
- Psalm 123:1 ~ Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
- Isaiah 40:25-26 ~ To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
Fix your eyes on Jesus today
Whether you’re burdened, discouraged, struggling, or tempted, when you fix your eyes on Jesus and focus on His power and presence, you will have peace. Spend some time in prayer, praise, and putting the word of God in your heart and mind.
Look to the Lord to fill you up when you feel empty, for acceptance when you feel rejected, and for comfort when you feel lonely. And keep your eyes on Him, don’t look around you or within you, just maintain a clear vision of Jesus, high and lifted up, your Helper and Friend. He is looking on you with love, waiting for you to return the favor.
Annie McGuire is a Bible teacher, ministry leader, pastor’s wife, and mom of four. She is the writer behind the website Daily His Disciple. Her ministry goal is to encourage and equip women to know, live, and invest the word of God. Annie writes devotions, bible studies, and for other websites. To connect with Annie visit: www.dailyhisdisciple.com, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.