Spiritual Practice

Being Patient in Hard Times

Kimberly Taylor, 19

Being patient in our prayer life is difficult for teens. We get frustrated when we don’t get answers right away. We live in a society that receives information instantly. Answers are often a click away. But our prayers don’t always lead to quick answers; God may choose to answer now or later. We have to learn that our prayers rest in God’s hands and God’s timing, not ours.

Answer me when I call to you,
my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
Psalm 4:1 (NIV)

I recently struggled with finding a job. I wanted to help my aunt financially and my church as well. After a couple months of searching, I was ready to give up. Then I got a phone call from a woman who was looking for someone to help with her autistic son. The best part was getting to share the love of Christ with him and his family. God works in ways that are different than what we want or expect. As we learn to be patient, we can trust that God will hear and answer our prayers.


THINK ABOUT IT: Many teens keep a gratitude jar or a prayer journal. Reading back over the entries helps them learn to trust God’s timing as they realize that God has answered prayers and has been at work in their lives all along.

What are some ways you can practice patience in your prayer life?

—from devozine (January/February 2016). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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