9 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, 10 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. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. – Colossians 1:9-12
Paul had heard of the Colossians’ faith in Jesus Christ and love for other Christians, and from that point onward, he began to pray earnestly for them. Paul’s prayers covered three main requests:
- He wanted them to be filled with knowledge of God’s will;
- He wanted them to be “strengthened with all power”; and
- He wanted them to give thanks to God.”
Why did he want these things? What were the reasons behind these requests?
He wanted them to know God’s will so that they would live in a way pleasing to God. If they did this, they would bear fruit and please God and they would grow to learn more about God.
He wanted them to be strengthened so that could endure, and while doing so they would have joy as they were patiently being faithful.
He wanted them to show thanks because this demonstrates that we understand what God has done for us. As children of God, we are allowed to share in the inheritance of the saints. Why would we not give thanks?!?
Paul’s prayer for these Christians in Colossae mirrors what God wants for us, for me. Our High Priest, Jesus Christ, intercedes for us and offers prayers for us. This is His desire as well.