A Prayer for Patience & Peace
By Dick Woodward
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12
Throughout the history of the church, patience has always been considered a great virtue by spiritual heavyweights like Augustine, Thomas a Kempis and Francis of Assisi. Why is patience such an important virtue? For starters, patience is one of the nine fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
In our relationship with God, we might call patience “faith-waiting.” In the Bible we are exhorted to “wait on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14). It takes more faith to wait than most of the real life situations that challenge our walk with God. There are few spiritual disciplines that will focus our faith like those times when all we can do is wait on the Lord. When we are praying for something and receiving no answer, God may be teaching us that there are times when faith waits.
We all eventually find ourselves facing circumstances which are beyond our control. Imagine Paul chained in that awful prison in Rome. Would he find and maintain the peace of God if his formula for peace was to rattle his chains and ‘force it?’ Patience is the supernatural fruit of the Holy Spirit that gives us the grace to accept the things we cannot control.
God, teach us what it means to have faith in silence. When we face trials that are beyond our understanding, help us to find peace. Help me be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. You set all things in accordance to your time. Remind us to wait patiently, and find peace in your plan.
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Or whoever is listening tonight… I want to say a prayer, I need to say a prayer.
I need to make a wish.
I am not the strong girl I used to be. I am not the brave, confident, put-together girl that everyone sees me as. I am just me. I am a girl who makes mistakes, who fights too often for things that mean too little. I am a girl who cares with her whole heart for the one who doesn’t care about me at all. I’m a tragic mess, a combination of a beautiful soul and a heart full of fear.
I grew weak and let someone else define what happiness meant for me. I grew old and wise through my many months of thinking and rehashing out the past. I allowed myself to fall immensely in love but didn’t know how to help myself pick up the pieces when it all came crashing down.
I chase the dreams in circles that I know are not mine. I watch my fantasy life play out in my head as a movie whose ending I will never see. I wish on shooting stars for the life that I know is not mine to live. Life is a fairy tale for some and for others, it’s just a tragedy.
I don’t want to live the life of tragedy. I want to create my own fairy tale. Perhaps it will not be the fairy tale that I always dreamed of growing up but it will be my fairy tale. And I’ll be the author of the story. I’ll try to watch it play out over and over in my head as I slowly turn my dreams into a reality. My new dreams.
I’ll count the stars at night like I always have but this time, I’ll do it alone and I’ll do it for me. I’ll think of my old dreams often and sometimes when I’m really lonely, I’ll believe that the stars are watching my old dreams with me. I’ll believe that those stars are my old dreams and for a small instant of time, the world will stand still with me that night and together, with the stars, I will live out my fantasy in my mind.
I will tell the four walls that enclose all of my secrets that it’s time to create some new secrets of these new dreams. Or perhaps, these new dreams can be shared aloud. Perhaps these new dreams can be the inspiration for someone else to encourage their own new dreams. My four walls, the stars and I can remember the old dreams in the still of the silence at night while everyone else talks about the new ones.
It will take patience and strength and courage and every fiber of my being to let this go. But there will always be that part of me that wishes for the second chance. The part of me that prays that my original dreams haven’t been completely discarded. That hope still prevails.
Until that day, I pray for the patience to allow time to heal my wounds. I pray for the patience to allow time to bring me to the places where I belong. I pray to be genuinely happy for him in whatever endeavor he so chooses to take on.
I am raw and I am open and this is me. I wish for the courage to let go of what I cannot change. I pray for the grace to let him go and live his life the way he wants to live it, even if it means that I’m not by his side. I wish that the memories will always stay but the heartache… I hope that disappears. But mostly, I pray and I wish for patience. I wish for the patience to allow time to pass without hurting myself and him even more. And I pray for strength. I pray for the strength to stop making his life worse because of what I want.
Heavenly Father, we pray for the virtue of patience, in our hearts, homes and our lives. We want to wait patiently for Your will to enfold in our lives. May we learn to wait patiently for You to bring Your answers to our prayers. We want to cooperate and wait on Your plans for us.
Hebrews 4 : 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
As we wait on You, we pray to turn to Your Word for comfort and direction.
- Your Word is solid and reliable.
- The Word brings us truth.
- Your Word gives us strength.
- The Mighty Word of God chases away our worries and our fears.
- The Gentle Word refreshes us.
Romans 5 : 3- 4 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces.
Teach Us To Be Patient
Lord, teach us to be patient – with life, with people, and with ourselves. We sometimes try to hurry things along too much, and we push for answers before the time is right.
Teach us to trust Your sense of timing rather than our own and to surrender our will to Your greater and wiser plan.
Help us let life unfold slowly, and teach us to savor each experience and learn the lessons behind each story.
James 5 : 7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.
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Tolerance and Patience
Teach us Lord, to be sweet and gentle in all the events of our lives, in disappointments, in the thoughtlessness of others, in the insincerity of those we trust, in the unfaithfulness of those on whom we rely on.
Let us forget ourselves so that we may enjoy the happiness of others. Let us always hide our little pains and heartaches so that we may be the only one to suffer from them.
Teach us to be patient in our suffering and learn to profit by the suffering that comes across our path.
Colossians 1:11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.
The Virtue of Patience
Lord, we ask You to grant us the virtue of patience. We pray that it may mellow us, not harden or embitter us, that it may make us not irritable. That it may make us broad in our forgiveness, and never narrow, proud or overbearing.
May no one be less good for having come within our influence. No one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble, for having been a fellow believer with us, in our journey towards an eternal life with You Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!
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