As we continue to look at some of the prayers in the scripture, let’s see what Paul prayed for the Colossians in Col. 1:9-18. This is such a powerful prayer and one that I use often in my personal praying. It has such inspiration and we can learn so much about God from it, as well as learn what a faithful servant looks like.
Colossians 1:9-18 “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; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” Paul was writing this to a group of people that he didn’t know. He had only heard about their faith—and yet had such a great desire for them to know the Lord more intimately. To be instrumental in their spiritual growth.
Let’s look at the things he is praying for them—that they might be “filled” with the knowledge of GOD’s will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. As the Proverbs tell us “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom….” Prov 9:10. And as Jesus reminds us in John 15:5b “without me you can do nothing…” Our walk with the Lord is so totally dependent on HIM, and I am to lean on HIM and depend on His grace and strength. As we have seen continually , it is in, through and with the Lord that we accomplish that which is eternal, which pleases God, and produces great things for the Kingdom of God. That is Paul’s prayer for his brothers in Christ and we can seek that same priority for ourselves and those that we love.
Paul’s prayer is that we would “walk worthy” of the Lord, to be pleasing and fruitful in all good works. We are to be noted for our “goodness” toward others. Gal 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Is my life marked by these works of the Spirit or the lusts of the flesh? If you’ll notice this says the “fruit”, singular, not plural. Each one and all in total, of these characteristics is an evidence that God’s Spirit is at work in me. That is the proof that I belong to Jesus. Ro 8:9b “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” The indwelling (and working) Holy Spirit and His fruit is the evidence that I belong to Jesus and HE belongs to me.
As we practice this walk and grow in God’s word and His ways, His presence will be evident in our daily life and walk. And we will be strengthened with all might, according to God’s power. Praise the Lord, that it’s HIS strength that empowers us and not our own. As Titus 3:5 says “..Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” we can be thankful it depends on God not our own resources. God’s resources which grow us into servants with an attitude of endurance (toward circumstances), and long-suffering (toward people)with joyfulness. God will grow us into a grateful child, able to extend grace and forgiveness toward others . James 1:2 says to “count it all joy….when you fall into various trials…”
Paul then focuses, as Daniel did, on the attributes of God in which we can and should take all comfort and strength.—God who:
Is our Father
Makes us partakers of HIS kingdom through Christ
Delivers us from the power of darkness
Translates us into the Kingdom of His dear Son
Redeems and forgives us IN Jesus
Then Paul clearly and openly declares the deity and authority of Jesus, who is: the image of the invisible God
the firstborn of all creation
the creator of ALL
before all things
the head of the church
the preeminent ONE of all creation!!
These are great verses to memorize and keep in our hearts to remind us of who our Jesus is and how powerful His grace is to meet our every need. He is God! I am to follow Him and grow in my knowledge of HIM. By growing in knowledge of my Lord, I will accomplish Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” I pray that we will all seek to know Him more and be a reflection of HIS glory…..To walk worthy!!! “ Walk in newness of LIFE!” Ro 6:4