"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
The first is fairly easy...finding joy in hope. It's easy to get excited and be joyful when anticipating a positive circumstance. Can I be patient in affliction? This is more difficult for me. I don't like having to wait for anything...especially when it may seem unfavorable to me. I don't like to think about being afflicted. I want to be happy all the time. Life doesn't work that way, does it? My God can abrogate all my afflictions, which is why I believe this verse ends with 'be faithful in prayer.' This is stated last so I could dwell on it.