40 Days of Prayer - 2015
Day 28 - October 10

Outward Appearances
By Mary Jo Cannard

My husband did the grocery shopping that week. He brought home green grapes for me, because he knows that I don’t like the red ones that he enjoys. I looked at the grapes and complained that they didn’t look very good. They weren’t Thompsons. They were big, and very round, and seemed dirty. He said they did look good, and without saying another word, seemed to be telling me to quit complaining. I did. I washed the grapes and put them aside to drain. I grabbed a few of the loose ones and popped one in my mouth. It was sweet and delicious.

How often do we do that? Complain about something without really knowing the truth. Judge something we know nothing about.

Pray for patience with appearances. Some of the guests who come to our meetings may look different. They may sound different. They may act different.

The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7b

Pray for patience to give guests a chance, to give yourself a chance, to take the time to look beyond the surface.