Evening Prayer 13 | Being More Patient

The alarm didn’t go off like it was supposed to this morning. You’re running behind. Finally, you get out of the house only to find yourself stuck in traffic. It’s obviously not going to be your day. 

Many of us, faced with this situation, lose our patience. We become frustrated because things aren’t going our way. We feel our blood pressure boil and our temper flaring. That’s a natural response. How do we learn to respond more supernaturally? 

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Neutralizing our impatience results in a better, calmer, and happier life. Here are 3 things you can do to practice greater patience when your day isn’t going according to your plan:

  1. Pray. Take it to God. Ask Him to give you supernatural peace at that moment you are struggling to keep your patience.
  2. Take a deep breath. Wait. This too shall pass.
  3. Alter your POV regarding your present situation. You can choose to get mad. You can also choose to let it go and concentrate on something more positive.

 

Prayer: Lord, help me focus on You when things aren’t going my way. Don’t let my anger take control. Help me see that this situation is temporary and soon will pass. Help me honor and glorify You in my daily interactions through exercising patience with others. Forgive me, Lord, for not being more patient today. Help me grow in my ability to exercise patience. 

 

 

Morning Prayer 12 | Patience

After love, joy, and peace, Paul turns our attention to three inner-qualities: Patience, Kindness, and Goodness. Love, joy, and peace are fruit that comes to us from God through the Holy Spirit. With these next three qualities, we turn inward, all the while leaning on the Spirit to help us.

Patience demonstrates our capacity to accept and tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without becoming angry or upset. Anger and distress are emotions we express when things don’t go our way. It doesn’t matter if the root-cause is us or an outside force. None of us like it when things don’t go according to our plan. We prefer to live problem-free lives. We understand that suffering is part of life, but we don’t welcome it. Patience can be an elusive character trait to capture. Growing in patience can be a painful lesson if we rely on our own power. However, we don’t need to depend on ourselves. We have the Holy Spirit indwelling in us to lean on. When we are patient in times of difficulty we are expressing our confidence that the Lord is in control of the situation and He will work it out for our good.

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Faith is expressed by how we respond to the God work is doing in and around us. How we respond reveals what we truly believe about the Lord, about ourselves, and others.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

The more our expression of faith resembles holiness, the sweeter our response is to the Lord who delights in us as we grow nearer to Him spiritually. Spiritual growth measures how much more like the Lord we become over time.

Prayer: Father God help me grow to be more like You in my daily life. May my response reflect my trust in You and honor You in every way, especially when things don’t go according to how I planned them or don’t happen as quickly as I would prefer. Let me be confident in You in difficult times as well as the during the good. Help me celebrate You in all that I say and do regardless of the circumstances or situation I face. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

31 Days of Praise | Day 10 God’s Patience Strengthens Our Perseverance

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (ESV)

Peter states that the Lord does not wish anyone to perish, but for everyone to repent and believe in Jesus Christ. Peter’s statement applies to those saved and those who, to this day, remain unsaved. The gift of salvation is available to all of us if we choose to accept it.

God has not forgotten His promise. The Lord did not lie when He promised He would return. God remains to be able to fulfill His promise on any day, at any time. While we may grow anxious, the Lord is patiently waiting to fulfill His promise so that people will have time to repent. From studying Scripture, we learn that unbelievers remaining on the earth after the Rapture will be able but it is better for them if they do so beforehand. After the 70-year Tribulation, many will continue to be saved, although it will be more difficult for them to repent and believe.

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Repentance means that we’ve had a change in our outlook. We no longer view the purpose of life the same way we once did before we came to know Jesus. When we repent, we turn away from our old lifestyle and begin living life in a new way. We move from a self-focused life to a life viewed through our God-lens, seeking to do what is pleasing to the Lord, our God.

God is patient and long-suffering when it comes to our salvation. He gives everyone every opportunity to choose Him. While we wait for His return, we must rely on God’s supernatural strength to empower us with the ability to persevere. With God for us, who can stop us?