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Learn From This Prayer

 

(Colossians 1:8-12) “He has told us about your love in the Spirit. For this reason, since the day we heard about this, we have not stopped praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the full knowledge of God’s will with respect to all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might live in a manner worthy of the Lord and be fully pleasing to him as you bear fruit while doing all kinds of good things and growing in the full knowledge of God.”

“You are being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might, so that you might patiently endure everything with joy and might thank the Father, who has enabled us to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light.”

 



Here we have one of the many Prayers in the Bible we can use to learn how to pray with power, according to God’s will, and to expect a transformation in our lives. One could write a whole book based on these few verses, but today let’s just focus on some basic points we can use to pray for ourselves and start to see a change for the positive.

First, Paul addresses how the church he prayed for had a good testimony, and therefore he prays that they continue to grow in the knowledge of God’s will regarding spiritual wisdom and understanding. This is a very important thing to ask for, as we can all get book knowledge and cultural understanding about the Bible, but to have spiritual wisdom and spiritual understanding from God, takes a supernatural work in our lives.

Second, Paul prays that through this knowledge, we gain success. In other words, that through God’s wisdom we will do what is right and honorable in the eyes of men and therefore be fruitful in all things. Anyone can be successful if they work hard enough, but to make sure you do it without lying, stealing, and being blameless before God, once again, takes a supernatural transformation within us that only Christ can do. This ability for us to do what is right, even if it means making less money or not getting that promotion, increases our knowledge of what pleases God.

Next, Paul prays that we will be strengthened in Christ in order to do all these things. If we depend on our conditional love, our limited compassion, and our personal moral convictions, we are being self-righteous and will eventually fail, as without God, once again, supernaturally working through us, we will end up trying to do spiritual work through natural means. This is called religion, and it simply does not work.

And finally, Paul prays that as a result we end up having the right heart through all our trials and continue to thank God for bringing us from the darkness into the light. If you are suffering without understanding the final reward of your pain and sacrifice, then your suffering is increased. However, when Christ shows you how your love and sacrifice is, acceptable onto Him, it is transforming not only your life, but of others as well, it makes it all worth it.

 

 

Through these kinds of prayers, we learn to focus on the inheritance we are promised in Christ and we end up praying according to God’s will for us.

 

 

Prayers

• Heavenly Father, You are The Holy one who inhabits eternity, The Lord who says “I am Holy”, The Holy one in our midst, Glorious in holiness, You are Holy! Holy! Holy!
• Thank You, Father, for teaching us how to pray according to Your Word.
• Thank You, for wanting us to gain Your knowledge and understanding.
• Forgive us for ever wanting to justify our way of doing things and thinking we can do it without your supernatural power working through us.
• Continue to teach us to do what is right according to Your will.
• We ask You to fill us with the fullness of the knowledge of Your will regarding spiritual wisdom and understanding.
• May we live in a manner worthy of Christ, bearing good fruits for Your glory.
• We want to continue to be strengthened with all power according to Your glorious might.
• Help us endure everything with joy and gratefulness.
• We declare that we will share the inheritance of the saints.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen

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