Zack Eswine writes about that moment when you realise you need something that God knows you need all along:
This pastoral paradigm was bringing us face-to-face with an old joke in Christian circles. “Pray for anything except patience,” the joke suggests. “You don’t want to see what God will give you if you ask for that. Praying for patience is dangerous.”
I’ve laughed and told this joke. Now I think the joke is on me. I never realised how the joke mistakenly presumes that one can follow Jesus without patience. It also assumes that God will not bother with patience in our lives unless we ask for it.
The Imperfect Pastor, Zack Eswine, Crossway, 2015, page 124.