Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
Prayer is a staple of a vital faith that needs nurturing as individuals practice their faith in everyday life. The interconnectedness of prayer and life became abundantly clear when author Paul Chilcote discovered the journals of Elizabeth Rhodes, an early Wesley follower, and how she transformed in her spiritual disciplines by committing to memory a prayer that become an unusual blessing. Rhodes prayed for a “waking spirit, and a diligent soul” and in doing so realized that practicing prayerful life was practicing a Christ filled life.