Praying to Know His Will
Kaye and her ladies in the KYB group have been looking at various prayers in the Bible during this past term.
Prayer is an activity and discipline that we can and should do, yet it often gets neglected because of our busyness. Even if we do pray regularly our prayers can degenerate into “wishful blessings” as we timidly ask God to bless those we know.
Jesus taught His disciples to pray; both how to pray and what to pray in Matthew 6:5-13.
But the apostle Paul wrote down some of his prayers so his readers would know exactly what he prayed for. In the coming weeks I would like to look at his prayer for the Colossians in Colossians 1:9-14.
Paul probably had not met the Colossian Christians but had received good reports of them. So he starts, “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you,”
We have an obligation to pray unceasingly for Christians whether we know them or not. Having our common Lord, Saviour and High priest means we are brothers and sisters in Christ. Sometimes it is all we can do for them especially if we are separated by thousands of kilometres. We must not stop praying.
Paul went on, “and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will.” How often do we pray this for someone, that they might know God’s will? Yet surely this is one of our greatest needs, to know what God wants us to do. So often we just presume that God wants us to do what we’ve always done but He may have something different for us. We will only do that if we are filled with a knowledge of His will.
Finally, Paul tells us that this knowledge only comes “through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” God’s wisdom is different to the wisdom of this world and we need the help of His Spirit to discern it.
Pastor Steve Shooter