Colossians 1:9-14 (NKJV) 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.

The Apostle Paul prays for the brethren in Colossian. The things Paul prays for are also helpful for us. We are to pray for these things today. First, pray for God’s will. Knowledge of God’s will, comes through the wisdom and understanding of the Holy Spirit of God. “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:11 NKJV). Second, pray to be pleasing to God. Don’t bow down to men or in other words, don’t be a people pleaser. For you will find it a very difficult task. Because it is impossible to please everyone. And those who you can please, you won’t be able to please them all of the time. More importantly, when we base our decisions solely on other people’s approvals, it makes us excessively emotionally dependent on them, and it also makes us an enabler. Both of these are not good. Instead of being a people pleaser, we are to live as best as we can for Christ. We are to serve God in every way He calls us to. We are to die daily to our self-centered desires. And we are to receive our rewards from God. “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29 NKJV). The third and fourth are tied together, pray to be “fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Christ is the vine and we are the branches. We bare much fruit in our Christian life when we remain connected to Christ who enables us to bear fruit. When we abide in Christ, we are able to grow in the knowledge of God and bring forth fruit. And lastly, pray for strength. God is the source of our strength. His glorious power provides us the strength to be joyfully patience and longsuffering. God is the source of our spiritual growth. These are five things that we ought to pray for. But have you notice something wonderful about these things which we ought to pray for? What is wonderful about these things, is that God has already provided us all of these things and more in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV). “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3 NKJV). So instead of praying for these things, we ought to give thanks to God for all that He has already done for us. We ought to lay hold of Christ and believe that God’s promises are true. My friend, have you opened your heart and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior? We have redemption through the blood of Jesus. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins to deliver us out of slavery. God the Father has reconciled us unto Himself through the substitutional sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus paid it all. And now God can extend grace and eternal life to all who will believe in Jesus His Son.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.