Day 4, page 21 – first prayer
Prayer for Patience
O Lord, Move us by [Your] example to show kindness and to do good. [For we wish to be doers of Your Word and not hearers only.*]
Grant us each patience and forbearance with all sufferers, [those under our care and all those in the family of God], [open our eyes to the] gracious and [give God’s most powerful grace to the] ungracious, [open our ears to the] grateful and [lavish God’s love on the] ungrateful, that [in spite of] our imperfect service [to those under our care or any in the family of God that all] may yet discern [You], and give [You] glory. [In the Name and for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.]
*James 1:22 ESV
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 ESV
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:25 ESV
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 ESV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 ESV
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9 ESV
With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, Ephesians 4:2 ESV
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; James 1:19 ESV
For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:19-23 ESV
And endurance produces character, and character produces hope, Romans 5:4 ESV
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 ESV
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. Proverbs 15:18 ESV
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Ecclesiastes 7:8 ESV
You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. James 5:8 ESV
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 2 Timothy 2:24 ESV
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, Romans 5:3 ESV
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. James 5:7 ESV
For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. James 1:3 ESV
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:4 ESV
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 ESV
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. Hebrews 10:36 ESV
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, Colossians 1:11 ESV
I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. … 1 Timothy 1:12-17 ESV
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, Romans 5:3-4 ESV
And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. Hebrews 6:15 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:22 ESV
Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. James 5:9 ESV
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32 ESV
With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone. Proverbs 25:15 ESV
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 ESV
By your endurance you will gain your lives. Luke 21:19 ESV
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. Psalm 37:7-9 ESV
40 I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the Lord.
4 Blessed is the man who makes
the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
to those who go astray after a lie!
5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
yet they are more than can be told.
6 In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering
you have not required.
7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
8 I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.”
9 I have told the glad news of deliverance
in the great congregation;
behold, I have not restrained my lips,
as you know, O Lord.
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.
11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
ever preserve me!
12 For evils have encompassed me
my iniquities have overtaken me,
and I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head;
my heart fails me.
13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!
O Lord, make haste to help me!
14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
who delight in my hurt!
15 Let those be appalled because of their shame
who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”
16 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17 As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
do not delay, O my God!
In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals,  denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.
* “A Collection of Prayers for use in Hopitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.