This post is part of a prayer challenge, 21 Days of Prayers For Your Friends. If you would like more information about the full challenge with daily email prayer guides, I invite you to find it here.
There are so many areas in your friend’s life that require patience.
She needs it in her relationships. In her workplace. In her service.
She needs it when she looks around the world and sees chaos abounding.
She needs it when she’s facing life’s trials that threaten to overwhelm her.
She needs it when she finds herself in God’s waiting room, and she needs it as she waits for her Savior’s return.
Yes, patience serves your friend well in many ways. For this reason, it’s well worth praying for.
Reading these Scriptures has blessed me, and praying them for myself and my friends has multiplied the blessing. I hope they serve the same purpose for you, as you join me in praying the Scriptures that your friend will grow in patience.
Prayers for Your Friend to Have Patience
Pray that God would help your friend to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which she has been called with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with others in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-3). Ask Him to increase her patience with the people in her 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 your friend this same patience as she waits for His coming, and to grant her compassion for those who don’t yet know Him as their Savior.
Ask that the Lord would grant your friend steadfastness and faith during times of persecutions and trials, as well as during seasons of waiting and change. Praise Him for this evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that she may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which she is also suffering (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5).
Pray that God would help your friend not to grow weary of doing good, but to serve patiently, understanding that in due season she will reap, if she does not give up (Galatians 6:9).
Praise Christ Jesus for coming into the world to save sinners. Thank Him for the mercy your friend has received, that in her 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 your friend follow His example of patience, especially considering how much patience she has received from Him.
Dear Heavenly Father, how I praise You for being gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love! Too often, we grow impatient when things don’t go according to our plan, or when people don’t behave the way we think they should. I know this controlling tendency is a sinful desire to usurp the authority that only ever belongs to You. Please forgive us, and help us to be patient with others, as You have been patient with us. Please grant my friend Your grace that enables her 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.
If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to sign up for the rest of the prayer challenge! It will be a source of blessing in your life (and your friend’s life) as you continue to pray the Scriptures over her.