12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
When turning a verse into a prayer, you may want to think about opportunities in your life in which the verse would apply. Notice the verb tens and the commands. Be joyful, be patient, and be faithful. The expression signifies a “state of being” in a particular frame of mind or attitude.
Theses attitudes should be a regular framework of your life. It would be similar to putting on a uniform that others see and recognizes your vocation immediately. So also, being patient is a normal part of your life, not something that happens every now and then.
Having hope already brings joy with it. What areas of your life do you see as dead ends, prayers that are unanswered, long time expectation that remain unmet, stuck in the same job, or perhaps struggling with the same sin? Take it to God and receive hope which does not disappoint.
Patient in affliction. We will have to wait to get to heaven to find out why we had to endure our struggles and trials. In the mean time, we have to manage them now. Patience comes from doing what is right regardless of your feelings, saying what is right regardless of the appearance, and thinking beyond the experience toward the promises of God. Its not easy, but it is building up your inner man
Faithful in prayer. Means that your remember to pray first, and that you remember to pray continually. It is not the length of prayer. It’s that prayer should engage you! We are not trying to sound proper. But prayer should flow forth out of our anxiousness, our thankfulness, our frustrations, our disappointments, our desire for good for others, and our brokenness over our children or spouse. Prayer holds our Christian faith intact.
Father, I love you. I love what Peter said and it is still true today, “Where else could we goi, you alone have the words of life.” Your words speak to our heart with gentleness, directness and power. Today, Father would you reveal those areas where I need hope. Would you show me that I am following your path for my life as best as I can see it. If there needs to be correction, please make it.
Father, I don’t want to pray for more patience. But I do know that I am less patient at times with those closest to me. Forgive me. Teach me not to have pride that I am enduring better than others. You Jesus are than standard of right living.
Father, forgive me when I try to manage life first and then pray. Help me to take every opportunities that needs a decision to you in prayer. Knowing that there is a way that seems right to me, but that may not be your direction.
Thank you for providing for our backpack ministry through so many others who are helping. In Jesus name, Amen