9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
Last week, based on Ephesians 1, we considered Paul’s prayer request for the church to have experiential knowledge of God’s blessings in Christ Jesus. Here in Colossians, Paul prays for them to be filled with the knowledge of his will. By this, Paul does not so much mean knowing what socks God wants us to put on today (!), but understanding what God’s purposes and plans are in Christ Jesus as recorded elsewhere in this letter. Paul sees a very strong link between this life within (see John 17v3 “This is eternal life: that they may know you the only true God”) and our life without. Our understanding of God’s desires and purposes leads to a life which pleases God. This life is fruitful in good works, increasingly knows God, is able to endure with patience and is thankful to God. This should motivate us even more to pray for God to fill us with this knowledge. If the secret of living a more fruitful life is for God to fill us with more of this wisdom and understanding of his purposes, then we had better get asking for it.
So maybe, we can model this prayer of Paul by praying for ourselves and one another in these words, “Heavenly Father, fill us more and more with the wisdom and understanding of your purposes, so that we may live fruitful lives worthy of you. Amen.”
With love and blessing,