Prayer for Knowledge of God’s Will

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, January 31, 2011

 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. – Colossians 1:9

 Again Paul is using the phrase, “For this reason” as his motivation for the prayer he makes for the church at Colosse. What was the reason? In verse 6 he writes, “All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.” Then he says, “You learned it from Epaphras.”

With that being said he begins, “For this reason.” The gospel is bearing fruit all over the world and they heard the gospel truth from Epaphras; could he be calling them to be fruitful in the gospel as well?

After giving the reason for his prayer he then gives the purpose for his prayer: “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”

Now, the prayer itself. Paul is praying that God will fill them with the knowledge of his will through spiritual wisdom and understanding. There are several ways that we are exposed to the will of God. The primary is his word, which is the revelation of his will. Another is through anointed preaching which moves our heart. However we receive the knowledge of God’s will it always comes through the spirit. It is the spirit which speaks wisdom to us giving us understanding of God’s will for us.

Let us not fail to continue praying for God to reveal his will through spiritual wisdom and understanding that we may be fruitful in his kingdom.

 Prayer: Father, I desire to know your will. Grant me spiritual wisdom and understanding that I might serve you well. Amen.

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