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A Prayer for Patience

Is there a situation in your life right now where extra patience is required? Ask God to reveal what he might be wanting to teach you while you wait. Pray this for your leaders too.

Gracious, loving, patient God

We humbly recognise and thank you for the grace, love and patience you pour over our lives every day. None of these are deserved and we can’t do anything to earn them, but rather they come to us as gifts from your heart of infinite goodness.

We pray for leaders in our Salvation Army to have grace-filled, loving and patient hearts, modelling Christlike responses and actions towards those they serve.

Grant them the assurance of your presence, with abundant patience to accept the responsibilities and challenges that each day brings.

Give them patience with people that require extra time and effort to understand.

When situations arise that have no easy or quick solution, may your Holy Spirit remind them that your answers are always worth waiting for and will be better than anything they can produce on their own.

Forgive the impatience that so easily overtakes us all – the times when we are slow to listen and too quick to offer our own perspective and opinions.

From our senior leaders to our junior soldiers and everyone in between, may we be an army of people whose tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience is extended to each other and into the world around us.

Help us Lord, we pray!



Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

Ephesians 4:2 NIV

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12 NLT

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