Praying for Knowledge

Brian Dennert

Read: Colossians 1:3-14

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. (vv. 9-10)

What do you pray for when you are praying for others? We often turn to physical needs, emotional needs, financial needs, or other practical matters. In Paul’s prayer for the church in Colossae, he prays that his brothers and sisters in Christ will know God’s will so that they can live a life that is pleasing to God and bear fruit. Paul prays that their knowledge of God’s purpose will not just be for their own comfort or benefit, but rather for honoring God and showing God to the world through their conduct.

This is a request that we can pray for every fellow believer. We all need to know God’s will, and Jesus expects his disciples to bear much fruit for him (John 15:1-11). The fruit that God produces in our lives through his Spirit is summed up in a word: love (Gal. 5:22-23). Have you ever prayed this prayer of Paul’s for a loved one—or for yourself? May we give thanks “always” and not cease praying this prayer for others. —Brian Dennert

Prayer: Father, fill me with the knowledge of your will so that I might bear fruit, pleasing you and blessing others in word and in deed. Amen.