Prayer for patience

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The Verse of the Day brings to our remembrance that God is faithful to fulfill each of His promises.

2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

At times it may appear that our Father is slow when He does not respond to our requests when we think that He should. Just as God is patient, He instructs us to be patient. We must remember that God may not be early, but He is never late. Just as God is being patient toward us, we are, likewise, encouraged to be patient:

Hebrews 10:36 in the Amplified Bible puts it this way:

For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.

In a previous blog entry, I discussed patience in light of the Greek word hupomone which is translated endurance, perseverance, steadfastness. As a verb, hupomeno is rendered to abide, endure; to stay under, to undergo, to have fortitude, to persevere.

James 5:11 provides an excellent example of both the verb hupomeno and the noun hupomone in a particular individual who embodies the character trait of patient endurance. The King James Version offers this rendering which contains a familiar phrase that encompasses the character trait most often associated with Job:

Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

The Book of Job demonstrates the compassionate and merciful qualities of God, who is patient and who rewards those who demonstrate “patience.” A number of years ago I heard a statement from Graham Cooke regarding patience, and his words who inspired this poem:

A Prayer for Patience

“My suggestion for people in a season of birth or upgrade                                                                                                                                

is to write out a prayer for patience and pray it every day.”  

Graham Cooke

 

For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance,                                                                  

so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God,                                                   

and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.

Hebews 10:36 (Amplified Bible)

I look back and pause and then look ahead to see

Clearly who God is, who He wants to be for me.

I still journey down the road less traveled by

And pray that patience may serve as a trusted ally.

I must say “No” to the pressures of this life

And say “Yes” to the rest God gives, despite the strife.

As I stay my mind on Him, I abide in peace.

When I praise God, works of the enemy decrease.

May I remain and not fall by the wayside as some

But like Job wait until at last my change shall come.

Patient endurance seems delayed for some reason,

But fruit abounds to those who wait in their season.

I pray that in this time of transition and shift

That I embrace waiting as a wonderful gift.

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