On the final week of our Prayers of Paul sermon series, we’re looking at Paul’s prayer for the Colossian church. The church allowed false teaching that mixed Greek philosophy with Christian theology: they added to the requirements for salvation. Paul’s letter stated the case for Christ being the fullness of God, the all-sufficient Savior. And in his prayer, he asked that God would “fill” the Colossians with “the knowledge of His will”, which would give them a greater understanding of the supreme Savior.
9For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:9-12
What is your IF/THEN? (If you could just have Jesus…AND… _____________, THEN…)
In this series we’ve already looked at three prayers. Read Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 3:17, and Philippians 1:9. What is Paul asking for in these prayers?
Read Colossians 1:9-12. The passage begins with “For this reason”. What is “this reason”?
List what Paul is requesting in this prayer:
Why is knowledge of God’s will and spiritual wisdom necessary for believers?
What can you learn from this prayer about finding God’s will for your life? (See also Romans 12:1-2.)
Are you REALLY interested in knowing God’s will for your life? Or are you afraid of what He might ask you to do? How can you overcome this fear and follow His will? (See Matthew 11:28-30.)
Do you know God’s will for your life? If so, do it. If not, pray that you would be filled “with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives”.
Pick three people to pray for this week using the four prayers of Paul as a guide (Ephesians 1:17-19; Ephesians 3:14-21; Philippians 1:9-11, Colossians 1:9-12). Write an action plan for how you will accomplish this: When will you pray? How long will you pray for? Ask someone in your Fellowship group or a close Christian friend to hold you accountable to do this each day this week.
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Compare Paul’s prayer in Colossians 1:9-12 to Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. What do you learn from the similarities and differences in these prayers?
Both Philippians and Colossians mention “fruit”. What do you learn about “fruit” from the following passages? How can you apply what you learn to your life?
- Matthew 3:7-10
- Matthew 7:15-21
- John 15:1-16
- Romans 7:4-6
- Galatians 5:16-25
- Ephesians 5:5-13
- Hebrews 12:11
- James 3:17-18
- Hebrews 13:15