Patient Lord, we are a culture that wants the quick and easy answers to all of life’s problems. We want to be able to open the Bible and place our fingers on the passages that will answer all our questions and heal all our hurts. It is difficult for us to deal with the knowledge that discipleship requires patience and perseverance.
Jesus’ own disciples struggled with his teachings. It took a long time for them to understand fully what Jesus was saying and how they were to respond. We are no different. The words of Jesus take time for us to comprehend.
Forgive us, Lord, when we are so impatient, when we just want to ‘get on with it’ and be where the action is. Help us to understand the commitment we make in discipleship, through the rocky times and the smooth seas alike.
Push us in our ministry of help and compassion to do more than we ever thought we could do in helping others. Give to us that extra measure of faith and commitment that we may truly serve you by serving others.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.