Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
Such a simple scripture.
Be joyful in hope
Hope according to the dictionary says:
to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
to believe, desire, or trust:
Today I am joyful in the possibilities. I am trusting God in our future.
Patient in affliction
The definition of affliction:
a state of pain, distress, or grief; misery: They sympathized with us in our affliction.
a cause of mental or bodily pain, as sickness, loss, calamity, or persecution.
Today I am reminded that I need to be patient when the answers I am seeking are not clear.
Faithful in prayer
The word Faithful has many definitions:
strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.
true to one's word, promises, vows, etc.
steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant: faithful friends.
reliable, trusted, or believed.
adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate: a faithful account; a faithful copy.
Obsolete. full of faith; believing.
My prayers for God's leading and direction need to be daily, hourly a part of every day.
So thankful today that I worship a mighty God that hears my prayers. Even though some days my prayers are sloppy, I lack patience and I forget to be joyful. God is so Good.