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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Colossians 1:9-10

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Colossians1:9-10 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 

  Paul was a prayer warrior!  It amazes me that in the midst of all of the preaching and teaching that he did he still had time to pray unceasingly for others.  In just two short verses Paul lists four spiritual objectives for the Colossians.    Why did he pray? He prayed because of their wonderful testimony for Christ.  What did he pray for?
  • That they would be filled with the knowledge:
    1. of God's will
    2. in all wisdom (which comes from God) Proverbs 2:6
    3. in all spiritual understanding (also from God!)
He wanted them to know God's plan for their lives so they wouldn't be led astray by false teachers.
  •  That they would walk worthy:
    1. Of the Lord
    2. Unto all pleasing 
He further explains this in Colossians 3:17; 23

  • That they would be fruitful in every good work
  • That they would increase in the knowledge of God 
Paul's prayer was specific.  There was no doubt about what he desired for the Colossians.  His desires were God's desires.  he wanted them to know God's will, to align their lives with God's will, to do God's will, and to continually increase their knowledge of God.

I know that there are many times in my life when I have prayed vague prayers for myself and others, or prayers that were only concerned with physical requests, wants, and desperate pleas for help.  Specific prayers for spiritual growth according to God's desires and eternal plan have definitely not topped the list.  Oh there have been times that I have prayed like Paul, but today my prayer life received a much needed overhaul.  I want to pray specifically, not what I want see in others, but what God truly desires to see in them based on His Word.

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