5/4: Paul’s Prayer: Our Path

 

Paul prays over the saints in Colossians1:9-12. First he says he does not cease to pray for them (verse 9a), which indicates the love and dedication he has for them. Then the prayer sets up a 6-point goal to which believers everywhere should attain.

  • Point 1: “that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding…”

The Greek word for “filled” here comes from a word that literally means “to cram.” Remember cramming for exams in school? We had to get that information in our heads because it was vital for us to pass the upcoming test. What are we doing to cram in the knowledge of God’s will? Are we as preoccupied with the desire to fulfill what He wants for us as we were with passing that history class? In order to be “filled with the knowledge of His will,” we need to be about the business of cramming His Word into our spirits and lives. Only by knowing His Word, will we know His will, and understand what He wants us to do.

  • Point 2: “…that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him…”

Walking worthy means to be occupied appropriately. Are we conducting ourselves in a manner that would please our Master? God expects us to act a certain way in order to draw people to Himself through us.

  • Point 3: “…being fruitful in every good work…”

Are we fertile, fruit-bearing believers? In other words, are our good works nourishing to others? Is anyone able to pluck from us that which will bring them closer to the Lord? Fruit trees don’t bear fruit to nourish themselves. The works of our hands should be beneficial for someone else.

  • Point 4: “…and increasing in the knowledge of God…”

What is something new you have learned about God in the past week? Our relationship with God will remain vibrant as we learn more and more about Him. There are infinite things to know about our infinite God. The more we know about Him, the more we’ll love and appreciate Him, and the more precious will be our relationship with Him. (Make a list of what you know about God and then ask God to add something new to the list – a new understanding of who He is – at least once a month.)

  • Point 5: “…strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy…”

In order to accomplish living a filled life in which we walk worthy and are fruitful and increasing in the knowledge of God, Paul knew we’d need some extra-special strength. He prays that we’d be enabled with the ability of God to have hopeful endurance, fortitude, and calm delight as we carry out our call to live this way. What a joy to know we’re not expected to live for God in our own power! God gives us the job description and then the strength to pull it off.

  • Point 6: “…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

Let’s not get so caught up in doing Christian work that we forget to express gratitude because God has qualified us to share in all He has in store for His saints.

If we spend our time in pursuit of (being filled with) the knowledge of His will (Lord, what would you have me to do?); walking in a worthy fashion; being fruitful in every good work God’s called us to do; increasing in the knowledge of Him (getting to know Him better); operating in His strength; and giving Him thanks; we’ll be living as we should. Take Paul’s prayer and personalize it. Watch your Christian life flourish.

  • Dear God, fill me with the knowledge of Your will. Let me know, without a doubt, what You want me to be doing. Guide my footsteps so that my walk is worthy and pleasing to You. Allow the good works of my hands to be nourishment for others. Reveal Yourself to me in new ways so that I may know You better. Help me to relax in Your strength to live this life as I should. Thank you for bringing me in, giving me a place on Your team, and assuring me of the prize at the end. Amen.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on May 4, 2013.

One Response to “5/4: Paul’s Prayer: Our Path”

  1. Lord Jesus, thank you for not allowing me to deviate from your path of righteousness.

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