That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10
Do you have a loved one who is struggling or in need? All of us could answer yes to that question. The greatest thing we can do is pray for them, yet many times it’s the last thing we do and we feel the least effective, but it is just the opposite. Paul tells us here of a group of believers in Colosse that he prays for without ceasing “… since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you…” (v. 9). How many of us could say that? The power that poured from Paul’s life and ministry was driven by his fervent and unrelenting pursuit of God in prayer. In verses 9-11 Paul prays for three specific things that will have one powerful result.
Knowledge of His will (v. 9). “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” It is Paul’s prayer and our responsibility to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will that is expressed to us in His Word. We will find later that the Colossian church lacked knowledge and understanding of God’s Word and this was getting them into trouble. The church had a need, it was deficient, so the first thing Paul did “without ceasing” was pray. Ignorance of God’s Word will cause instability in our lives. A worthy walk (v. 10). “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Paul’s next step in his prayer for the Colossian believers was for their walk or their progress to be worthy in God’s eyes. There is no walk or progress with God without knowledge of His Word. God’s Word tells us how to walk (be obedient). If we don’t read and gain an understanding of God’s Word, how can we know how to walk with God and progress in our spiritual lives? We can’t! Because of a lack of knowledge of God’s Word, the Colossian church would eventually walk right into trouble! Being fruitful in every good work (v. 10). “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” God’s desire for us is to be fruitful in every good work—to see success, His success in all our endeavors because they are for Him and Him alone. God will see to it that His works succeed and if our walk is based on His desires, then how can we fail? God has a plan and that plan is moving forward with or without you and me. It is a rushing river that cannot be stopped—jump in and enjoy great success or do your own thing and get left way behind and frustrated. Whatever God has called you to do…DO IT! Stop waiting and start walking.
The Result (v. 11): We will be “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.” Our knowledge of His Word must lead to an obedient walk of faith. Get this now! God’s will is not something we can do in our strength, our power, or our knowledge. It is something that requires His strength, His knowledge, and His power and when we decide to walk with Him, by Him and for Him then God will provide His glorious power, patience, and longsuffering to accomplish all He has for us to do! Is your Christian walk “frustrated?” Do you feel as if your Christian walk is more “trouble” than “triumph?” If so, then apply Paul’s prayer to the Colossian church to your life and start walking in His power!