Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Praying with Purpose

Check out this great prayer by Paul found in Colossians...

"And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him,bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God."

Some things really struck me in this prayer, that made me want this prayer for my life.

First, that I might be "filled with the knowledge of God's will..." I want this! I want to know what God's will is in every situation.

Second, "in all spiritual wisdom and understanding..." It's not just God's will I want, but His will in spiritual things...that as I read His Word, He would reveal more and more of Himself, His truth, His wisdom, to me.

Third, it's not just wisdom and understanding and knowledge so I can be smarter, but "so as to walk in a manner worthy of The Lord..." It's acting on what He reveals to me...application! The doing doesn't save me, but the doing pleases Him. The doing is what leads to "bearing fruit in every good work." The doing is the fruit. Wisdom with Application is what I need.

Fourth, how does this prayer end? Right where it started; "increasing in the knowledge of God." It's like this...

Knowledge leads to Wisdom/Understanding leads to Plesaing Him leads to Bearing Fruit leads to Knowledge Increases.

That is a prayer I need daily...Amen!

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