Paul’s wish for his readers

Last updated on July 14, 2022

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… 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” (Colossians 1:9)

Paul thanks God for the Colossians. But he also prays for them — as he does for believers in other cities. The first thing Paul prays for, is spiritual wisdom. In Romans 12:2, he expresses the same wish in somewhat different words: “that… you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2). They should learn what the Lord wants them to do, and how they should live as Christians. So, Paul does not in the first place pray for material wealth, for worldly success or for physical health.

All these things are good, and we are certainly allowed to pray for them. But Paul does what Jesus tells us to do: “Seek first the Kingdom of God”. Spiritual growth is crucial for believers, more important than anything else. Therefore, Paul asks the Lord to fill them with spiritual understanding.

How is this for you? When you pray for yourself or for people around you, is your focus on daily concerns, on the large world problems, or on God’s Kingdom…?

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