Should We Pray For Patience?

As human beings, we are not often blessed with an abundance of patience. Most ladies don't wait well in trying situations, but we live in a "hurry up and wait" society. Put a woman in a doctor's office, grocery store line or busy intersection and you'll see what she's made of! One thing I've discovered over the years is that if you pray for patience, God will put you in situations where you have to practice patience.

We don't wait on each other very well and we definitely don't wait on the Lord very easily. This is especially true in those instances when we feel that God has not met our expectations. For some reason or another we figured out how things were supposed to be, we wrote everything out in ink and then something fell through the cracks. Now we're out of patience and ready to take matters into our own hands.

Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Micah 7:7

Did you ever mail a letter to a friend and then go out the next day to see if she'd written you back yet? It would be physically impossible for this to happen, but we get so excited and so impatient that time and space don't matter when it comes to our immediate happiness.

We project that same impatience onto God all the time, expecting Him to fit His grand scheme into our limited time frame. When we pray and don't see immediate results our human impatience gets riled up and we begin to think the unimaginable: God's not listening. He went out to lunch, left the machine on, had His secretary take a message and can't get back to me until later.

Now we know this isn't true, but the mind is the first place the devil attacks. This verse from Micah is just one of the multitudes of Scripture that God placed throughout the Bible to remind us that it's all about Him.

God's timing and God's plan...all parts of His "Big Picture" that we certainly can't see. When life's series of events don't fit our scenarios and in our idea of the right time, we automatically question the validity of His design.

In order for the Lord to have glory and honor through our lives, we have to be willing to wait and allow His timing to work itself out. Our human patience may run thin at times, but God's never will. He has already seen the final chapter of our lives and the completion of His story. The key for the Christian woman is to wait upon the Lord and give Him the opportunity to renew our patience, our strength and our hope.

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

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