O God, my Father, give me patience all through today.
Give me patience with my work,
so that I may work at a job until I finish it or get it right,
no matter how difficult or boring it may be.
Give me patience with people,
so that I will not become irritated or annoyed,
and so that I never lose my temper with them.
Give me patience with life,
so that I may not give up hope
when hopes are long in coming true;
so that I may accept disappointment without bitterness
and delay without complaint.
Here is my prayer for your love's sake. Amen.
by Scottish New Testament scholar Wiiliam Barclay (d. 1978)
from The Doubleday Prayer Collection