Bible Study What We Should Pray, A Look At Paul’s Prayer for the Colossians
February 19, 2017, 3:25 am
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Colossians 1:9-12 Prayer is a weapon used to encourage Christians to do God’s will each day!

Why Paul prayed (1:9a): For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you…
Notice- “we”. Prayer is a group thing.
“For this reason”
a. The Spiritual Life of the Colossians.
a. Their faith
b. Their love
c. Their reputation
b. The Gospel they received was the true gospel of the story of Jesus.
c. Their godly pastor, Epaphras
a. He shared the gospel with them.
b. He was a dear fellow servant (slave) of Jesus Christ.
c. He was a faithful servant
d. He was a positive person.
What was in Paul’s prayer? (1:9b): And asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will…”
a. Knowledge-“full, clear, deeper, mature knowledge” pointing to a “knowledge that is higher than normal knowledge”
b. What makes this so important is because the heresy in the Colossian church was Gnostism, or “secret knowledge gained by rituals. Paul used the word “epiginosko”, or higher knowledge, available to Christians through the work of the Holy Spirit. The Christian is growing into a deeper, clearer, more mature knowledge of God’s will.
c. This is focusing on the moral will of God (how God wants us to live for Him). Growing in this knowledge will help us understand God’s providential will, the more specific things that we focus on.
d. Paul wanted the Christians “to be filled” with the knowledge of God’s will so their lives will have purpose.
e. Paul was not satisfied that these Christians would simply have an intellectual command of full, clear, deeper knowledge of the will of God but he wanted them “to be filled” with this knowledge. Knowledge of the divine will was to pervade all their existence – thoughts, affections, purposes, and plans. Christians are to be filled, controlled by, and dominated with the will of God for their lives because apart from Christ there is no meaning or purpose to life.
1. Through all spiritual wisdom. –Discerning (or the ability to discern the facts and see how they are relevant to everyday life) the will (revealed by the Bible) of God.
2. and understanding. –This word seems to imply the ability to apply the facts that are relevant to real life situations.
Why should we know God’s will? (1:lOa)
a. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord… Paul wanted the Colossians to know God’s will so they would lead a godly life that honors God.
b. And may please him in every way, –Paul wanted the Colossians Christians to seek to please God in everything we do, say, or think.
c. We are to seek to please the Lord in everything we do, say or think. The Christian is to live life to bring satisfaction to Christ, to bring joy to his heart.
What are the consequences of living a life that honors and pleases God (1:lOa-12a)
a. Bearing fruit in every good work (not works that save but works that give evidence that you are saved.
b. Growing in the knowledge of God, –Not only should the Colossians be filled with the knowledge of God’s will, but they should continually grow in the knowledge of God Himself. We should not just know about God but have a growing intimate relationship with God.
c. Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience with joy,
a. Christians are to live in God’s power, which makes all spiritual actions within His will possible.
b. Giving Thanks to the Father… We are to live as thankful people.
d. Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. We are to praise God who gives us (“saints” or saved, set apart ones”) a great inheritance.