The Eyes of Faith

Have you ever been praying for someone and you only see them as they are? Maybe they are making a bunch of mistakes. Perhaps they are sabotaging themselves at every turn. Their behavior has made you think of them and react towards them in a certain way. We seem to be locked into seeing them in a negative light and we treat them accordingly.

Perhaps we need to take some time and think about how the Lord would like their lives to be. What would that look like? If we can come up with a positive picture of them in our minds, then perhaps we can pray for them that way. We would be seeing them with the Eyes of Faith. Faith that when God intervenes in their lives, their lives will look much different.

The amazing thing about this is that when we can do that, we begin to treat them differently. We begin to treat them with more respect and we are not so negative towards them. We speak to them about the possibilities in their lives and try to help them see a different future for themselves.

When they can see themselves in a different light, it helps to dispel their negative self-image and sometimes they can believe in themselves again. People who are caught in a negative cycle of behavior have lost hope for themselves and their actions may just become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Is there someone you need to begin to look at with the Eyes of Faith? I know there is in my sphere. Remember the Scriptures say, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” Hebrews 11:1 Let’s hope for the best and see those caught in a negative spiral with the Eyes of Faith. It just may help change their world.

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21 thoughts on “The Eyes of Faith

  1. To see others through the lens that God would want us to. A necessary reminder Vickie. We get too focused on the surface or the visible choices they make and it can become a stumbling block in prayer for them.

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  2. Hi Valerie,

    I tried to leave this comment on your post but for whatever reason it
    just sat there. Anywho, if you can use this, great. Otherwise, please
    keep doing a wonderful job with your blogs – I’m listening!!  🙂

    Here’s my comment:
    I loved loved loved this post, Valerie, and not because it was an easy
    read. Conviction squeezed at my heart! Lord, help me pray for others as
    You see them, not how my faulty vision does!!!
    Thank you for printing the truth, Valerie! Much appreciated!!  🙂

    Erma  🙂

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  3. Love your idea of praying with a positive perspective and delighting in the results even before the fullness of the prayer has been fulfilled. Surely such prayers bring delight to our Heavenly Father also. “Gracious words are pure in his sight” (Proverbs 15:26b)!

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