A Pattern for Praying God’s Will.
Colossians 1:9-14–9) For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10) that, you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11) strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12) giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13) He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14) in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Paul’s prayer for the Church at Colossae is an example of what God desires to do in every believer’s life. Although the Lord wants to hear about our physical and material concerns, we should also bring our spiritual needs to Him, as the apostle does in Colossians 1:9-14.
The Knowledge of God’s Will. In order to understand what God desires for us, we need spiritual wisdom and insight, which come from His Spirit and Word. (v.9).
A Walk Worthy of the Lord. This includes a desire to please God in every area of life, to bear lasting spiritual fruit in all we do, and to grow in our knowledge of Him through His Word (v.10).
Strength for Steadfastness and Patience–The Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint. We need God’s mighty power in order to persevere to the end. (v.11).
Gratitude for Salvation. We should never forget that we have been rescued from sin and darkness and transferred to Christ’s kingdom. (vv. 12-14).
There is nothing more effective than praying God’s Word back to Him, because our Father promises to hear and answer requests made according to His will. 1st John 5:14,15–14) Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15) And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
Paul prays for: