One of the fruits of the spirit is patience. This is the one that I probably don’t like praying for the most. Everyone always says, “Don’t pray for patience; you’ll end up needing a lot of it.”
When I first became a believer, I had this idea that patience was about waiting quietly until you got what you asked for. I related it to when my parents asked me to be patient. As I grew older, (and mistakenly prayed for patience a couple times), I quickly learned that this is not what patience is.
Patient is more than just waiting quietly. Part of it is waiting with expectation, knowing without a doubt that God is in control, and that He has this (whatever “this” might be). The other part is knowing that we have to be flexible and willing to change our plans.
In Genesis 29, we learn that Jacob is too learning what patience means. He asks for Rachel’s hand in marriage in exchange for seven years of work. That’s a long time! We see that after he completes those seven years, he has to wait another seven before he can marry her. I can’t imagine having to be patient and not complain in the span of 14 years!
Today, I would encourage you to:
- Read Genesis 29
- Ask God what areas you may be lacking patience in, and confess those to Him.
- If you are brave, pray for patience, and that God would continue to grow that fruit of the spirit in you.