The attitude of patience seems to come and go in our lives. Depending on the situation we are currently in; we can exhibit great patience, or we can completely lose any speck of patience we posses at the time. At times we are very patient and at other time we have very little. God uses our trials to develop in us an attitude of patience. I have heard many times to, “Never pray for patience.” The reason is because the Lord will use trials to teach us that attribute.
Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
The above passages make it quite clear that patience is developed through hard times. The thought is, that if you pray for patience you will have problems; So the solution is to not ask God for patience. However, James says that patience has a perfecting work to do in our lives. Patience will help develop us into complete Christians! We are also told in the book of Hebrews that, we have need of patience.
Hebrews 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
I believe that we all could use a little more patience in our life. That is why we should know that our trials are doing a perfecting work and a needful work in us all. We just need to get a proper perspective on the difficulties we face and have some patience in them. Our word would be a much better place if we were a more patient people.