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For This Reason

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him… Colossians 1:9-10 (NKJV)

If there were one thing to be said about the apostle Paul it would have to be his faithfulness.  Paul was faithful to his calling as a follower of Jesus Christ, even to the point of dying for Him.  One of Paul’s greatest attributes was his faithfulness in praying for other believers.  In virtually every letter he wrote to each church he would encourage them to pray for each other and he would tell them how he was praying for them.

In one particular letter to the church of Colossi Paul let them know specifically what he was praying for.

  • He prayed the people of the church would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding
  • He prayed they may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him being fruitful in every good work

I believe Paul’s prayer gives us great insight to specific areas we should be continually focusing on in our Christian walk.  And the easiest way to see if we are being faithful in these areas is to ask ourselves honest questions utilizing Paul’s prayer.

  • Am I being filled with the knowledge of God’s will for my life and in how I am to live it? (Rom. 12:1-2) 
  • Am I asking God for His wisdom and spiritual understanding as I am reading His Word? (James. 1:5
  • Am I walking worthy of the Lord—Is my conduct godly and being done in an effort to fully please God? (Eph. 4:1; Col. 1:10; 1 Thess 2:12)
  • Am I being fruitful in every good work?

Paul knew every Christian believer would struggle in certain areas of their flesh, so he outlined basic biblical principles within his prayer to guide them into continuing to seek the Lord for His will, power and guidance in their lives.  Paul knew if they had biblical knowledge, understood God’s will, and had the wisdom to apply what they knew, they would definitely be able to walk in a way worthy of the Lord. 

And for this reason, we too must seek to know God’s will for our lives.  We must seek a greater understanding of His Word—not simply to acquire knowledge, but to be equipped to live righteously, and to help others in their walk.  And it should be our heart to live in a way that pleases our Lord—one reflecting His love, mercy, grace and glory. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Colossians 1:9, what should we be seeking, and how should we be living?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to seek the Lord’s will for your life through His Word (Rom. 12:1-2), and then obey what you know to be right?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to walk worthy of the Lord, and be to faithful pray for our Christian Brothers and Sisters.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for showing us what we should be seeking, and how we should be praying for other believers.  Help us to know Your will as we read Your Word and empower us to walk in a way worthy of You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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