A Power-Packed Prayer

A Power-Packed Prayer

The opening chapter of the book of Colossians contains a prayer from Paul for the Colossian believers. I find it striking to see what a wealth of spiritual blessings Paul packed into such a short prayer.

…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, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God – Colossians 1:9-10 (NKJV) partial

In this prayer I see the things I want to for my life and for the lives of my friends and family. If I unpack each powerful phrase, there is much to uncover. I understand that being filled with the knowledge of His will means living a life that is led by His Spirit, not my own desires or reasoning. Living in wisdom and spiritual understanding is what I can gain if I stay close to Him, investing in my prayer life and making a point of drawing near to Jesus every day.

To walk worthy of the Lord means to guard my conduct, always keeping in mind that I am a representative of Christ to this world who needs Him. I feel a life spent in submission to His Spirit is fully pleasing to Him, regardless of whether I get each detail correct or not.

Being fruitful in every good work reminds me to constantly do what I can to serve others as a way of serving Jesus. Finally, the prayer to increase in the knowledge of God reinforces my belief that I need to constantly study my Bible, planting the words of my Lord as deeply as possible into my heart and mind.

Taken together, this prayer paints a picture of the ideal Christian life. I hope to live so that this prayer could honestly describe the way I try to live my life.