Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12)
Rejoice? Be patient? For someone like me, who loves comfort and wants to be in control, it’s easier said than done. Fortunately, for me and anyone like me, Paul ends this verse with some very good news.
Here’s what I wrote in Give Up Worry For Good…
So what’s the secret to becoming more joyful and patient? The key that unlocks this entire verse is found at the end of the sentence: don’t stop praying! If you want become more joyful and patient, it’s extremely difficult to do on your own. Why not ask God for help? While any kind of prayer will bring you closer to the Lord, praying to overcome a specific weakness is a great idea.
As I mention in the book, joy and patience are fruits of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, asking the Spirit to come alive and produce more good fruit would be a very good idea. I plan to do that today. Will you join me?