Over the years, I’ve heard this about a million times:
“Oh, don’t ever pray for patience! You won’t like what He’ll put you through.”
When the Bible promises that growth and deepening your relationship with Christ will NO DOUBT bring you some trouble, conflict, and suffering (John 16:33), it takes a certain amount of courage to go ahead and ask for things like patience, grace, compassion, and joy.
Because all of these qualities , and so many more, come with some pretty serious price tags.
Developing patience means you will encounter LOTS of impatient moments. You will fight with frustration, both serious and petty, and you will wrestle with anger until it no longer has a hold on your heart.
Obtaining God’s grace will probably require the breaking of your heart, challenging you with the art of forgiveness time and time again.
Acquiring compassion will, no doubt, rob you of some deep-seated form of pride, something that will break you to the point that you can truly see and feel the pain in others.
Expect to lose some things you love…
Some people you love…
Some abilities you love…
Imagine if more of us had the faith to ask to become those who are not enslaved by anger…
Those who are MASTERS of forgiveness..
People who see and feel others’ pain.
We would be unstoppable!
If we would just have the faith to ask.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Understand that any good thing that we ask from God will most definitely cost us SOMETHING!
So, never pray such a prayer without going to some special prayer warriors to make sure you’re covered in the most important place.
Because even though this request is going to cost you something you treasure right now, what you will gain will be absolutely, ETERNALLY PRICELESS!
So, go ahead….