Prayers for persistence and understanding

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When I felt my temper rising, I asked my children for some space. My patience with them was getting thinner. It took me a minute to catch my breath before I could deal with the situation. When my breathing slowed, I asked the Lord for help. I felt overwhelmed as I struggled to find the trigger for my impatience.

Why am I so frustrated today?

The longer I stood there and prayed, the more my anger, impatience, and dissatisfaction showed.

My pride made me believe that I could be independent, self-sufficient, and able to lead my life on my own.

My self-righteous claim led me to impatience and anger as I believed I deserved it better.

My fear of inadequacy, failure, and insecurity made me dissatisfied with what was presented to me.

One last breath and then I'll talk to you. I stood there defeated for another minute, as my struggle with patience at that moment had little to do with my children and everything to do with faith under my sin of impatience.

As R.C. Sproul has in his book "Does Prayer Change Things?" So pointed out:

Consider the example of Peter in Luke 22: 39-62. Jesus went to the Mount of Olives to pray, as was his custom, and told his disciples, “Pray that you will not be tempted.” Instead, the disciples fell asleep. The next thing Peter did was try to defeat the Roman army with a sword. then he denied Christ. Peter did not pray and was tempted. What is true of Peter applies to all of us: we fall private before we ever become public.

We, like Peter, are so easily tempted in public because we do not devote ourselves to prayer in private. Prayer is one of the most important weapons to fight against our impatience and disbelief. In this way we praise God for who he is, remember what He has done, confess and repent of sin, and present our requests to God.

Prayer comes together in conjunction with God's Word to help us with our need for patience. We need patience in every situation every day. May these three prayers for patience justify you in the Word and turn your gaze back to the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Pray for a better understanding of God's patience with you

God Almighty, have mercy on me, a sinner (Luke 18:13). I know that my impatient actions reveal sin and unbelief in my soul that I have not dealt with. Help me see and understand who you are. You are a god who always shows patience and grace.

I know that you are not a slowly fulfilling God who fulfills your promises, but is patient with me and does not want me to perish, but rather that all people repent (2 Peter 3: 9). Help me understand the great depths of love and mercy that you have poured out on me because of your Son.

Forgive me for forgetting so quickly the patience you give me as I grow and mature as a disciple of Christ. Never let me take it for granted, just let me cherish you all the days of my life. For your patience and kindness should lead me to repent (Romans 2: 4).

Forgive me for wrestling with street traffic, yelling at my family, harassing the seller and being snappy with a colleague. All of this boils down to my own impatience, selfishness, and lack of belief in your mercy in my life.

I no longer want to fall into the sin of impatience. I no longer want my soul to be rooted in beliefs in selfishness, inadequacy and self-righteousness – that you and your mercy are not enough for me.

Help me to glorify you as I present my fears, inadequacies, pride and pain at the foot of the cross. When I fail, help me glorify you by confiding in my sin and looking to the cross as I repent of you and those I have hurt. Help me to believe and speak like the apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy 1: 12-17:

“… The saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first. But I received mercy because of this, that Jesus Christ in me might be the first to show his perfect patience as an example to those who should believe in him for eternal life. To the king of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. “Amen.

Pray for patience in the midst of suffering

Father, I scream in fear of you. I know what I feel today is nothing compared to how you felt when your son died on the cross. Jesus, forgive me for my impatience and my incomprehension in this situation.

You have seen far more for me than I could ever imagine – when you were beaten, ridiculed, abandoned, and separated from your Father because of my sins. Lord, this is inconceivable. Please help me to become aware of the immense patience you have shown for me in your suffering. Help me be patient with others in their suffering and be patient while I wait for you to move amid my own suffering (James 5: 7-11).

The pain caused by trying feels like it's too much to endure. Help me remind me that your burden is light and your yoke is light (Matthew 11: 28-30). I want to be strong and wait for you (Psalm 27:14). Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief (Mark 9: 23-25).

Help me believe that your timing is perfect and that all things come together for my good and your glory (Romans 8: 24-30). Help me to rejoice in the midst of suffering and to find my joy in you. I know that suffering creates endurance and sanctifies my soul. Help me focus on you and what I am about to learn (James 1: 2-4).

When the spirit dwells in us, we have access to the fruits of the spirit. Let us remember to attract the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, kindness, loyalty, meekness, and self-control in which you clothe us (Galatians 5: 22-23).

Help us trust in your sovereign plan to remain true to suffering, endure suffering, and rejoice in pain (Romans 12:12). Despite my circumstances, I want to be faithful, seek you and appreciate you in everything I do and say. Amen.

Pray for patience while loving others

Lord I know that only you can love others perfectly. You are righteous, compassionate, patient, sovereign, holy, and good. But you call on me to love others the way you do. Forgive me when I fail and help me stay rooted in your love and grace. I fight for it, patiently with my family, my friends' quirks, in the store, in traffic and while waiting for you in exams.

However, I don't want my impatience and biting demeanor to be a reflection of you towards the observing world. Your love for the people around me seems to be patient despite my circumstances.

I want to love the Church as you called all Christians to love one another. I want to give an example of what it means to be patient with people outside the Church. I want to reflect the patience and compassion you have shown me.

I want my patient behavior to bring people back to you. Give me wisdom and strength to do this. Father, I want to show this kind of patience to the observing world to point them to Your grace and glory. Use me, oh God, a humble sinner to glorify you.

Help me to live the new identity that you gave me through your son. Forgive me for being impatient with others. I know that I am called to imitate you with all humility and meekness, with patience, to be in love with one another, and to maintain a spirit of oneness (Colossians 2: 12-13; Ephesians 4: 1-3).

I am patient because you were patient with me first. I can love because you loved me first. I am gracious because you have been so gracious to me. Amen.

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Stephanie Englehart is a native of Seattle, wife, mother and lover of coffee, nature and good (easy to prepare) food. Stephanie is excited about allowing God to use her honest thoughts and confessions to bring the application of the gospel to life. You can read more of what she writes on the Ever Sing blog at or follow her on Instagram: @stephaniemenglehart.

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