Col 1:9-11 “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; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;”
Paul shared in the previous verses how he had heard that the gospel was come to the brothers and sisters at Colosse. He spoke to them of the fruit that had been manifest and their love in the Spirit. The witness of their faith and love was so strong that Paul, and those with him, had been immediately moved on their behalf.
From the time Paul and his company heard about the faithful at Colosse, they began to pray for them. The motivation to pray was the fact that the gospel had come unto them and moved them to have love in the Spirit. Paul was not praying for them because of something they had done for Paul. The thing that moved Paul was their love of God and the impact the good news of Jesus Christ was having in their lives.
We are blessed to have brothers and sisters in our lives that show us love and kindness. They manifest a deep concern for our wellbeing, and it is natural that we would want to pray for those who have treated us in a kind manner. Our motivation to pray for them should not be what they have done for us and rather be focused on why they’ve done it. When we are focused on the why (because of love in the Spirit), we can pray diligently for God’s people, whether they have ever directly impacted our lives or not.
Paul told these saints that every time they prayed, they remembered to pray for them. This started from the time that Paul learned of them. It is a marvelous privilege to be able to pray for the saints of God. It is also good to pray specifically for their lives to reflect God’s grace in every circumstance. Notice the things that Paul prayed to God for on their behalf.
His request (desire) was for them to be filled with the full discernment (knowledge) of God’s will. We will never find any greater peace in our lives than to be blessed with the confidence that God is directing our steps. The path may not always make sense to us, but trusting God enough to walk it anyway is being fruitful in the gospel.
Sometimes we may see the will of God and try to interpret according to our own understanding. Our prayer for each other should be that when we are filled with knowing God’s will, we will see that will according to wisdom and spiritual understanding. It takes the presence of the Spirit in order for us to have a non-carnal (see Strong’s definition of “spiritual”) view of God’s will.
I humbly confess before God that I am not worthy of the Lord. There is no goodness in me that would cause Him to take notice of me or show me His will. I have no righteousness of my own to claim that would allow me to lay hold on wisdom and spiritual understanding. But the good news of Jesus Christ supplies me with the ability to walk worthy of Him.
God calls us to walk by faith, having full confidence in His ability to lead and direct our lives. We have the grace to live our lives according to the will of God, and in doing so we please Him in all that we do. As branches, we are fruitful, not of ourselves, but because of the True Vine. Being placed in the True Vine by the Master Husbandman, we cannot help but be fruitful in every labor He puts before us. Living lives worthy of our Lord and being fruitful in all good works yields an increased knowledge of God.
This knowledge strengthens us with a miraculous power (see Strong’s definition of might). For us to have the strength to wait on the Lord with cheerful expectation (patience) in this world is a miracle. To bear with one another (longsuffering) in our walk here is a miracle. Doing all this with a calm delight (joyfulness) in this world is a miracle. This miraculous strength comes according to God’s very apparent (glorious) power.
May we pray for each other according to His will and live miraculous lives according to His glorious power!