The Apostle Paul opens his letter to the Colossians with a prayer. This is his prayer for the church – for believers new and old. This power-packed verse is a guide to victorious Christian living.
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;
strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power,
for all patience and longsuffering with joy; - Colossians 1:9a–11 (NKJV)
Paul wants us to walk in wisdom and spiritual understanding, being filled with the knowledge of God’s will. I believe this is a call to careful study of the Bible. Since the Bible is God’s Word to us, what better way to know God than by reading His words? When we accompany our studies with sincere prayers for His wisdom, I believe those prayers will be answered.
We are to walk worthy of the Lord. This means to live our lives in a way that brings Him glory. A life lived in this manner will bear fruit. It will also display a natural outpouring of good works. To accomplish this we must form the habit of asking ourselves many times each day, “Will this activity bring glory to God?”
Paul prays that we would always be increasing in our knowledge of God. Here again we see Paul urging us to turn to God’s Word and to prayer in order to better know the heart of our Lord. We see by the double mention of knowledge, Paul desires that we remain students of the Word always. He is basically reminding us that we never ‘graduate’ from this learning process until our days are complete.
When we pursue God in this way, we will face challenges. But Paul knows that our Lord is stronger than any challenge we might face. He prays that we will be strengthened with all might (not just a little might) according to God’s glorious power. Wow – that is a lot of power.
Next we see that Paul wants us to use this God-given strength and power in order to have patience in our daily lives. We are to endure unfair situations, unkind comments, and accidental insults with longsuffering endurance and even joy. Now we see why we need so much power! I sadly fail in this area every day. When this happens I go back to the Word and back into prayer. I ask the Lord to help me do better tomorrow than I did today.
Thank you Lord that You don’t leave us to accomplish Paul’s prayer for us by ourselves. You have made a provision for us that will allow us to walk worthy of You. Amazing!
Posted on Mon, September 30, 2013
by Shawnna Casazza filed under