1. When I think of tribulation I think of severe and extreme situations. Does daily living, although not necessarily horrible situations, not produce patience? 2. Is it wrong to pray for patience? I mean it is a fruit of the Spirit. It would not be wrong to ask the Lord to help you be more loving would it, so why not patient? Some say if you pray for patience you Lord will put you through a situation to give you more and to watch what you ask for, but I mean I pray for humility, I just pray that I will be humble without having to be humbled. 3. Have you even seen a Christ-like quality in another believer and prayed for more of that quality in your life because you knew it was something you should posses and it would strengthen your testimony? Some say you are who you are and there is nothing you can do about it, but I think the Lord is working daily to help us become more like him if we desire to be so. I think as long as you stay true to who you are and are only trying to improve who you are, it's ok. It's wrong if you are not being your true self.