Prayer For God’s Will (37)


Prayer Text for Today is Colossians 1:9-14

Many people will begin new Bible reading plans next week. I’m one of them. I’ll be reading from the NRSV Daily Bible because I like the emphasis on prayer and contemplation after each daily section. (And I’m giving one away…see previous post HERE!) But whatever plan you choose, follow through with it – because Leviticus is going to totally tempt you to throw in the towel! It is so important that we spend daily time in the Word of God … and it is almost as neglected as prayer.

I love Paul’s prayer for the Colossian church in our text. What would it mean to you for an Apostle to say that he hasn’t ‘stopped praying for you.’ I encourage you to communicate your prayers to others. If you are praying for someone regularly, tell them. Many years ago an elder and friend told me, “John, you don’t know this, but I pray for you every single day.” I can tell you that many difficult days were made easier by this knowledge.

For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. ~Colossians 1:9

More than just communicating that prayer is happening, Paul was detailed in the requests he was making for the Colossian church. Amazing prayer. We are often generic, but Paul is specific. The basis of his request here is the knowledge of the will of God.

We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding ~Colossians 1:9

Perhaps we can use this as a pattern for praying for either our own church or someone we know.

*Praying that they would walk worthy of the Lord. Not worthy as in deserving, but worthy as in attempting to live a life that glorifies God.

*Praying that they would be fully pleasing to God.

*Praying that they see great results from the good works they do.

*Praying that they would grow more and more in the knowledge of God.

*Praying for their strength during times that demand endurance and patience.

*Praying for them to rejoice in the spiritual realities of the Kingdom:

– Sharing in the inheritance of God.

– Celebrating rescue from the dominion of darkness.

– Grateful to have been placed into the Kingdom of God.

– Assured because His love moved him to pay a high price to save us.

– Relieved to have our sins forgiven.

When we think about God’s will we sometimes are distracted by trying to figure out what decisions God wants me to make next or which doctrines fit His word better than others. But I think being filled with the knowledge of God’s will in this text is more about realizing that our new life is calling us closer to His heart each day. This influences decisions and doctrines, but His will is beyond those.

“There are no ‘ifs’ in God’s world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety – let us pray that we may always know it!”
― Corrie ten Boom

Praying to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will is asking to see our lives through Divine Glasses … that everything we are and do belongs to God.

We can pray this prayer for others, and we can pray it for ourselves.

Prayerfully, JD