When we share the message of the gospel, we hope and pray for an immediate conversion. We conjure up in our minds a wonderful scenario of a person, perhaps a loved one, joyfully receiving salvation and life everlasting. When those golden opportunities to share God’s Word are rejected, we go away disheartened and disappointed. Perhaps we even blame ourselves that may lead us to be reluctant to ever share again.
The Bible says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
The fruit of patience is seen in a person who has the power to exercise revenge or retaliation, but instead uses restraint. Affirming His desire to extend a time of grace to make room for all people to come and receive salvation by faith, our Lord is patient.
We, too, can be patient, trusting in God’s Word to work in hearts according to His timetable. Coming to faith is typically a process. God uses our words and actions to further the process along. In the meantime, we exercise patience – recognizing that ultimately, coming to faith is the Lord’s work, not our own.
Armed with this understanding, we can go to the Lord and pray;
“God, what love and patience You have – wanting everyone to come to repentance! Help me stay grafted into You so that Your love and patience may flow through me also. As I bank on Your promises, let Your fruit be evident in me as I share You with others. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.”
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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There are so many areas in life for which we need patience.
We need it in our relationships. In our circumstances. In our workplaces. In our service.
We need it when we look around the world and see chaos abounding.
We need it as we wait for our Savior’s return.
Yes, patience serves us well in many ways. For this reason, it’s well worth developing, and certainly worth praying for.
Reading these Scriptures has blessed me, and praying them has multiplied the blessing. I hope they serve the same purpose for you, as you join me in praying the Scriptures for patience.
Prayers for Patience
Spend some time being still before the Lord, waiting patiently to hear from Him. Pray that He would keep you from fretting over evil people who seem to prosper, over the ones who carry out evil devices. Ask that the Lord would help you to refrain from anger, and forsake wrath, choosing not to worry since it accomplishes nothing of benefit. Claim God’s promise that evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land (Psalm 37:7-9).
Acknowledge to God that the end of something is better than its beginning, and is worth being patient for. Agree with Him that being patient in spirit is better than being proud in spirit. Ask that His grace would prevent you from being quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools (Ecclesiastes 7:8-9).
Pray that God would help you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-3). Ask Him to increase your patience with the people in your life.
Thank God that He is not being negligent to fulfill the promise of His return, but is delaying because of His patience toward mankind, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Ask Him to give you this same patience as you wait for His coming, and compassion for those who don’t yet know Him as their Savior.
Ask that the Lord would grant you steadfastness and faith during times of persecutions and affliction. Praise Him for this evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5).
Pray that God would help you not to grow weary of doing good, but to serve patiently, understanding that in due season you will reap, if you do not give up (Galatians 6:9).
Praise Christ Jesus for coming into the world to save sinners. Thank Him for the mercy you have received, that in you Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience as an example to others who will believe in Him for eternal life (I Timothy 1:15-16). Pray that He would help you follow His example of patience, especially considering how much patience you have received from Him.
Dear Heavenly Father, how I praise You for being gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love! I confess that too often, I grow impatient when things don’t go according to my plan, or when people don’t behave the way I think they should. I know this controlling tendency is a sinful desire to usurp the authority that only ever belongs to You. Please forgive me, and help me to be patient with others, as You have been patient with me. Please also grant me Your grace that enables me to wait patiently for Your return, and to labor steadfastly in the meantime. It’s in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.
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