Omnipotent, Omnipresent Loving Lord, I humbly lay my life before You, for You alone deserve all the praise, honor and glory. Open my eyes, Lord.
Allow me to see all the wonderful things You have done for me. Open my heart to accept You and Your Word daily. Open my mind and allow me to understand Your teachings.
Romans 12:12 – Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer
Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
Grant me patience Lord, as I await Your answers to my call. Teach me to be still in the midst of the storms.
Lord, Your timing is always perfect, never too early and never too late. Knowing that You hold the future, it is definitely worth the wait!
James 1:3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
Hebrews 6:12 – That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Guide me accordingly, help me to make the right decisions that will only lead me to You. Search me, Oh Lord, for You alone know my heart.
I desire Your Holy presence as I await You patiently, Oh Lord. Bless me with all that I deserve, in Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen!
Luke 8:15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
James 5:8 – Be ye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
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Patience is a
of the Lord: He awaits the return of His children. Forgive my trespasses Oh
Jesus, For many times have I tested You. I deserved the wrath of Your hand, But You saw greater things for me: Your patience has been enormous! Grant me a droplet of such endurance, That I may abolish my impious impatience, Refraining from using unpleasant words, And always reflecting Your serenity. Great is the
in His ways!
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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.
*Editor’s Note: The following is an abridged version Patience & Peace by Dick Woodward. To read the full devotional, follow this link!
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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