22By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.25If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.26Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:22-26
This is one of my favorite passages as a pastor. It’s clear from reading this that patience comes as a fruit of the Spirit. It’s a product of the Spirit’s activity. The cool part of the Spirit is that the Spirit is most active when we are focused on the Lord and not on the distractions that move our attention. To pray for patience to is to pray we be focused on the Spirit! To pray for patience is to seek for our attention to be taken away from that which distracts us from the Lord! To pray for patience is to seek not to have what we need patience for be the center of our attention. AMEN!