But the Lord said to Samuel,”Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look on the things people looked at it. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam 16. 7
Loving father, I have worn prescription glasses since high school, moving from regular to progressive focus lenses over the course of years. Recently I have had laser surgery to help me see more precisely than ever. Yet there is an ophthalmologic or corrective that can only take place as a gospel does it’s work on the eyes of my heart.
Even if I could see with 20/15 or 20/10 vision, if I am only focusing on the “ outward appearance” of people and things, I am still not seeing as you intend. My plea? Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, soI may see Jesus — and as I begin seeing Jesus more clearly, help me see everything else from his perspective.
Help me to see people with gospel eyes. Father, when I am only looking at people with the aberrations of the fallen heart, show me what true beauty consists of. What I only see the things and people that irritate or inconvenience me, help me to see their dignity, their brokenness, and your image in them. When I only see people in terms of how they might harm or help me, expand my vision beyond my story to your larger story of redemption and restoration. Help me to see what you see in my spouse … In my children … And my friends … Even In total strangers.
Help me to see creation with gospel eyes. Father, don’t let me look at the ocean, mountains, stars, sunrises and sunsets, flora and fauna, or even weather patterns just in terms of me and my plans. As you’re open and heal the eyes of my heart, enable me to live more as a worshipful steward of your creation and left as a selfish consumer of your creation.
Help me to see pain and suffering up gospel eyes. Father, sometimes looking at all the crucibles, crises, and cruel stores of life make me want to run, hide, fix, or deny. Help me to see with the eyes of Jesus when overwhelming need to staring me down. I pray in Jesus healing name. Amen