Prayer for Patience.
|Date:||Night of 30th Sept|
|Reading:||Romans 8, Galatians 5, Colossians 1, Hebrews 6,12, James 5, 1 Peter 1|
|Patience is one of the 9 Fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22, which should be manifested by all believers. Patience reveals our faith in God’s timing, supremacy / authority and love.Hebrews 12:1 reads; “Therefore since we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”, Patience” in this verse means “endurance.”, this verse encourages us to run the race patiently by persevering through difficulties. Scripturally, patience is persevering towards a goal, enduring trials, or expectantly waiting for a promise to be fulfilled.
Patience takes time to develop, God’s power, influence and goodness are crucial to the development of patience. Colossians 1:11 tells us that we are strengthened by Him to “great endurance and patience,” while James 1:3-4 encourages us to know that trials are His way of perfecting our patience. Our patience is further developed and strengthened by resting in God’s perfect will and timing, even in the face of adversity.
There are many examples in the scriptures of those whose patience characterized their walk with God. James in James 5:11, refers to Job, whose perseverance was rewarded by what the “Lord finally brought about”. Abraham too in Hebrews 6:15, waited patiently and “obtained what was promised”. Jesus’s example in Hebrews 12:2, is our ultimate model – He demonstrated patient endurance: “Who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”.
The question now is how do we exhibit the level of that is expected of Believers; firstly, we develop an attitude of gratitude, the Bible encourages us in 1 Peter 1:6, to rejoice in God’s will, regardless of our reality. Secondly, we seek His purposes in whatever situation we find ourselves, as sometimes God puts us in difficult situations so that we can be a witness. Other times, God allow trials / challenges for sanctification of character. Remembering that His purpose is for our growth and His glory will help us in the trial. Thirdly, we need to remember and hold on to His promises, for example, Romans 8:28 tells us that “all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose….. All Things include Situations, trials, challenges, Storms, indeed anything that try our patience.
Thank God for Answered Prayers…………