We are reading a shorter passage today, but it deserves some careful attention. Paul tells the Colossians that he and his companions have not ceased praying for them since the day they heard about them, and then he tells them what he has been praying for on their behalf . . . and itís dynamite!
Just take a look at these verses and think for a moment how wonderful it would be to have somebody praying this on your behalf every day.
Firstly, Paul asks that God would fill them with the knowledge of his will through all wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives. And this is for a reason: that they would live a life worthy of the Lord, pleasing him, growing, bearing fruit, being strengthened with all power so that they might endure with patience, and be able to give joyful thanks to God.
Paul understood that knowledge of Godís will, and wisdom and understanding from the Holy Spirit were essential Ė foundational in fact. As we allow Godís Spirit to do his work within us, our understanding grows, and we are more able to discern Godís will. All the other things in this prayer start with this first step: seeking to know God more
The wisdom and understanding that comes to us from the Holy Spirit and is rooted in Godís will, as revealed in his word, protects us from false teaching, and sets our feet on the right path. Paul knows that if the Colossians are filled with the knowledge of Godís will then they will be able to live lives that are worthy of God, and please him in every way.
We see the wonderful results of living lives worthy of God in the next few verses: bearing fruit, growing in knowledge, strengthened with power, and so much more. Not only that, but Paul reminds the Colossians of their inheritance, their deliverance and their redemption!
Letís make this prayer our own prayer for today Ė both for ourselves, and for our Christian brothers and sisters.