Praying from Matthew 7:16 relating to Judgment, Discernment, Deception

Dear God, help us to always remember the wisdom of your words, “By their fruits you will know them.” May we seek to bear good fruit in our lives, and may we recognize the good fruit in others. Protect us from those who would deceive us with thorns and thistles, and guide us towards those who bear the sweet fruit of your love and grace. Amen.

Verse: By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles?
Matthew 7:16

This is a Command. The verse instructs the reader to judge others by their actions or “fruits” rather than their words or appearance.