Patience in Prayer – Keep Stirring the Pot

Patience in Prayer

Patience in Prayer – Keep Stirring the Pot

“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord.”

James 5:7

Dear Kids,

It seems that almost every day I am faced with a scenario that tests an important, but difficult, character quality! Patience is a virtue God expects from His children. The Bible speaks about it often and identifies this quality as part of the fruit of the Spirit. Yet I am likely not alone when I find myself struggling to respond appropriately during times of waiting. This is especially true when it comes to waiting on God. Patience in prayer is a must!

Patience in Prayer

When you understand that God hears and answers prayer, it is often frustrating to wait for His answers. There are many things I have been praying about for years, and sometimes I wonder why God has delayed answering. It is tempting to give up and move onto another request, one that may seem simpler or more attainable. Yet God often uses His delays to teach us patience and persistence. The testing of our faith produces endurance and builds the character we must have to succeed. When we continue bringing our requests before the Lord He promises to answer in His way and in His timing.

A Lesson on Prayer From a Church Breakfast

I thought about my need for patience and the benefit of perseverance last Sunday morning. Our church held a breakfast and I volunteered to help cook. Upon arrival I was given the job of making scrambled eggs. Normally when making this dish I am cooking for a few people so the mixture sets quickly. But when you are stirring a large skillet filled with enough for a crowd the process takes a lot longer.

I poured the scrambled eggs into the skillet and slowly stirred the mixture as I waited for the eggs to congeal. The minutes ticked by as I stirred, and stirred, and stirred some more, wondering if the liquid would ever become fit for eating before the crowds started to appear. But all at once the mass began to come together. Within a very short time I had a whole batch of fluffy yellow eggs ready to be scraped into the chafing dish so I could start the tedious procedure over again.

Patience in Prayer

Prayer is often like this process. We kneel before the Lord day after day bringing Him the same concerns and requests. We keep stirring the pot wondering if any change will ever occur. But when we exhibit patience and endurance in our petitions God begins to move, and we realize that He was working all along even when we couldn’t see.

So if you have been praying for a long time about a certain situation or for a particular person and are starting to wonder if God is going to come through, don’t give up! Keep kneeling before Him and stirring the pot in prayer. One day, and perhaps soon, you will reap a reward.

The effective prayer of a righteous person can accomplish much. It just takes patience in prayer – and often a lot of pot stirring!




  1. Bart K. Sheridan on July 16, 2021 at 4:42 PM

    Hmmm, I’m often accused of being the one stirring the pot!

    What a good reminder that our faithful prayers and our faithfulness in the small things often bring about such great blessings!

  2. Emily Shaw on July 16, 2021 at 5:09 PM

    You and Nathan, both. Lol

  3. Larry K Bromagem on July 16, 2021 at 8:37 PM

    This is part of what our Lord would have us learn as His children. Patience truly is a virtue to be learned and practiced!

    • Sandy on July 24, 2021 at 9:15 AM

      Yet patience is often the one we have the hardest time practicing! I constantly have to check myself so I don’t get over anxious!

  4. Mandi on July 23, 2021 at 10:31 PM

    Such a great reminder…..I was speaking with one of our children about this the other day about how prayer is hard when you keep asking for the same thing especially regarding a person’s surrender to God and you don’t see any movement. This child said, “Mom you can’t give up.” It was good to hear that out loud rather than preaching to myself all the time. So here it is again, my dear friend and sister in Christ saying, “don’t give up.” So I will choose to get on my knees and keep petitioning our faithful God.

    Thanks so much for the encouragement,


    • Sandy on July 24, 2021 at 9:17 AM

      I am right with you, Mandi! I have been praying for certain things and people for a long time. But I won’t give up if you won’t! God is faithful and someday we will rejoice together when we receive His answers. I can’t wait!!!

  5. Nathan B on August 22, 2021 at 8:49 PM

    “Not much more than five foot tall, but mountains big and small crumbled all away when Mama prayed.” – Randy Travis

    I’m so blessed to be included in the prayers of my Mama. I know she is a prayer warrior and I aspire to live a life pleasing to God that even somewhat resembles hers.

    • Mama on August 23, 2021 at 7:17 AM

      Thanks, Nathan!! Love you! 😘

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