“Don’t pray for patience!”
Have you ever heard this bit of advice? It comes from the idea that if we pray for patience, God will give us lots of (unpleasant) opportunities to help us grow in our longsuffering. And I have a confession to make: I found this same sentiment creeping in when I first decided that I wanted to focus on spiritual growth this year. If I pray and ask God to help me grow in my walk with Him, will He give me more trials to bring about that growth that I so desire?
This thinking actually made me scared to want spiritual growth.
But not too long ago, a dear friend pointed out the unbiblical nature of this way of thinking. [Read more…]