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.