I really need the prayer for patience. Throughout my life family friends and slow moving strangers would, tell me patience way a virtue. Thanks… but get out of my way. Everything changed when I became a Christian, God began dealing with my impatience. It’ wasn’t that I was rude, but on the inside I often angry or annoyed.

My lack of patience caused hard feelings in my relationships. In the heat of the battle with my teenage daughter. I ’d flee to the bathroom, saying a heartfelt prayer for patience. The prayers seem to help me maintain my peace and stop my angry words from escaping my mouth.

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Prayer For Patience

Dear God, In the name of Jesus Christ, I ask for patience.

Please give me the strength to set aside my feelings of anger and frustration when things don’t go my way. Enable me to deal calmly with whatever comes up and not focus on the frustration. Show me how I can reflect Your Love and wisdom and give my loved ones what they need from me. Holy Spirit, help me develop the fruit of patience in every area of my life, especially dealing with…my hurting daughter. (Feel free to Insert your problem.)

Sometimes it was more of a plea.

Or God help me! I need your patience for…. Give me wisdom on what to say or do.

Numerous times I used one of these prayers for patience and I’ve held my peace!

What does the Bible Say About Patience?

“Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line—mature, complete, and wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4 The Voice.  

Wait! God wants us to count trials and tribulations as joy because within these struggles we will learn patience.

Honestly, when I think back, I’ve grown in the hard places in my life. Besides, The Bible says something amazing about patience.

“Whoever has labored diligently and patiently to do what is right—seeking glory, honor, and immortality—God will grant him endless joy in life eternal.” Romans 12:12 The VOICE

Patience equals eternal joy. Obviously, patience is important to God. I need to trust God in the trials. He sees my pain and certainly will turn my suffering around. I need to pursue patience with God, myself, family, and the people I encountered.

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The rest of this post will include a prayer for patience, each covering many situations.  

Prayer for patience while waiting on God

Lord, in the name of Jesus, help me not be weary of waiting for Your promises to manifest. Remind me to be prayerful, faithful, and hopeful in obtaining the promises. Let patience have its perfect work in me so that I might not grow weary but know the joy of Your presence.

Pray prayer for patience in the workplace.

Lord, help me not be discouraged when I’m feeling overwhelmed by work. Let your peace guard my lips, help me be quick to hear, speak with kindness and slow to anger. When I have a complaint against my co-worker help me move past the anger and help me forgive them. Thank you, Lord, that you will reward the work of my hands. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

Prayer for Patience and Strength

Lord, in Jesus’ name, please help have patience and strength in the middle of my current problems. Your word says we need to rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character and character produces hope. God grab my hand and led me as I go through this painful process that seems like it will never end. I can’t do it alone. I need you.

Prayer for patience and perseverance

Lord in Jesus’ name help me have patience and perseverance for my vision. If things seem slow, let me wait for it, surely my hopes and dreams will not be delay. Help me push through, and not grow worthy of doing good for in due season I will reap. If I don’t give up. Help me Lord not to give up on myself or You.

Prayer for prayer for patience and calmness

Lord in Jesus name, let my heart not be trouble or afraid Help me to carry your perfect peace into my day and my thoughts. Keep my mind from all anxiety so that it might remain focused on You. Remind me that You will never leave me or forsake.

Prayer for Prayer for Patience with a Child

Lord, in Jesus’ name, please help me to prayer for patience with my child. Help me have the strength and courage to allow them space without feeling anxious or frustrated. Lord, I need Your abundant grace in order to be continually patient when they are not cooperative, kind, and loving. Show me how to teach my child with patience. Constantly remind me love is patient, kind and slow to anger. Thank You Lord for my child.

Prayer for Patience For A Friend

Lord in Jesus’ name help me not give up on my friend when they have said something insensitive, or l feel left out. Help me, Lord, replace my anger with humility, gentleness, and love. Remind me to make allowance for each other’s faults. Lord, help me get over this recent offense, help me soften my heart. I pray for unity in this relationship.

Prayer for Patience And Understanding

Please give me the strength to set aside my feelings of anger and frustration when things don’t go my way. Help me see how quickly time passes so that I can enjoy each moment with all its possibilities instead of feeling frustrated because it’s not going fast enough. Enable me to deal calmly with whatever comes up and not focus on the frustration, but how I can reflect God’s kingdom and help my loved ones.

Holy Spirit, help me develop the fruit of patience in every area of my life, especially dealing with the little annoyances that get me frustrated. Help me overcome my feelings of anger or impatience so that I can look at things with peace, joy, love, and hope. Help me understand that these current problems on earth are nothing compared to eternal life with You. Amen.

Why do they say, never pray for patience?

The following quote from the Evan Almighty movie is often said when someone is struggling with patience:

“”If someone prays for patience, do you think God gives them patience, or does He give them opportunity to be patient? If they prayed for courage, does God give them courage, or does He give them the opportunity to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does He give them opportunities to love each other?””

– Morgan Freeman as God, Evan Almighty (Movie)

Unfortunately, I’d have to agree the week while I wrote this patience post, I lost mine several times. Maybe God gave me opportunities or maybe the devil stirred things up, but either way prayers for patience got me through. Now, I plan on being to be vigilant and pray for patience.

Below are some suggestions on how to develop ideas to stop impatience from running and ruining your life.

16 Ways to Develop the Virtue of Patience

  1. Pray for patience. Ask God wisdom for the strength in how to treat others with kindness and understanding when you don’t feel like it.
  2. Recite bible verses about patience.
  3. Don’t take things personally sometimes people are just rude.
  4. Breathe in. Envision God’s breath of life going in your body, calming, and bringing peace throughout your body.  
  5. Remind yourself that everyone has hard days. What is making you impatient won’t matter tomorrow.  
  6. Give yourself time to think before saying yes to brand-new situations.
  7. Take care of your body by eating well, getting enough sleep.
  8. Treat other’s feelings as important.
  9. Ask for help sometimes I know I lose my patience when I’m overwhelmed.
  10. Making optimal use of your time.
  11. Ask those around you what their opinions on a situation.
  12. Reflect on past situations where you lost your patience and see how you can avoid repeating pattern.
  13. Focus on humility. Lack of patience can be a symptom of pride.
  14. Leave the room, even run in the bathroom to regroup.
  15. Become more self-aware; know your triggers so you can avoid them if possible or work through them quickly when they occur.
  16. Remember how you felt when some was impatient with you.
  17. Use “I” statements rather than making accusations towards someone else.

Final Thought on Patience

I’ve discovered when I more patient with each of my family member’s life will flows much smoother in my home. Instead of responding with anger, when I turn to God and ask for a prayer for patience. Here’s the thing: praying will cause you to pause instead reacting in a negative way. Remember, we are placed on this earth to help each other. That means when you see someone having a hard time, pray for them and ask God to give them patience, too!

Bible Verses On Patience

“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.” Col. 1:11 ESV

“With tender humility and quiet patience, always demonstrate gentleness and generous love toward one another, especially toward those who may try your patience.” Eph. 4:2 TPT

“Finishing is better than starting! Patience is better than pride!  Don’t be quick-tempered—that is being a fool.” Ecc. 7:8-9

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