A Prayer for Owning Impatience and Grumpiness

In Perspective on November 20, 2013 by The Spillover

Scotty Smith:

 As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Col. 3:12

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled. Heb. 12:15

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. 2 Cor. 12:9

Heavenly Father, I start my up humbled and repentant. I readily acknowledge my need for the gospel today, just like every day. I need it for being patient and kind for life in a broken world among other broken people. I own my weakness; help me not to despise the weakness of others.

Though I’d love to justify myself, there is no such justification. I’m a selfish man, who would love for everything and everyone to make my life predictable, manageable and enjoyable. I assume green lights when I’m driving and open check out lines when I’m shopping; the fish will bite and no one will make me late; whining from others, will be seldom and gratitude in them, often.

Worse, I don’t want people to fear the stuff they should fear, struggle with the same things struggle with, or simply be the normal, broken sinners that we all are. God, have mercy on me, the sinner.

Abba, Father, I’m so thankful that your love for me is steadfast and limitless, and that I can count on new mercies every morning, including this morning. I not only grieve my attitude, I do repent and abandon myself to the resources of the gospel.

Lord Jesus, I want and I need your power to rest on me and to settle my restless heart. I’ll not pray about next week or even tomorrow. Just give me the manna of gospel kindness for this one day. Help me to respond gently and not react rigidly to the weaknesses of others. Help me to roll up my sleeves and not roll my eyes when I meet brokenness in others. Help me to love as you love me, for that is the bottom line, and the top priority. So very Amen, I pray in your patient and powerful name.

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