Praying for One Another-Colossians 1:9-10

Colossians 1:9-10 “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,”

Colossesi 1:9-10 « Perciò anche noi, dal giorno che abbiamo saputo questo, non cessiamo di pregare per voi e di domandare che siate ricolmi della profonda conoscenza della volontà di Dio con ogni sapienza e intelligenza spirituale, 10 perché camminiate in modo degno del Signore per piacergli in ogni cosa, portando frutto in ogni opera buona e crescendo nella conoscenza di Dio;”


     There’s no better approach to praying for one another than what Paul expresses here. The main thrust of Paul’s communication is for the Colossians. The points he prays for are the things that we also should request of God on behalf of other believers. First of all, Paul mentions that he and his colleagues continually prayed for them. What he is saying here is that he always remembered them when he daily and regularly prayed. His prayer is a model for us when we lift up one another: prayer for knowledge, spiritual wisdom and understanding. Knowledge is the biblical comprehension of knowing and being equipped by the Word. Wisdom (mentioned 6 times in Colossians) uses the practical application of the Spirit’s leading while understanding speaks of clear analysis and decision-making in applying this knowledge and wisdom to various issues.

    This effect of this prayer is that the Colossians would live a pleasing life worthy of the Lord while bearing fruit and accruing spiritual depth. Paul does not mention a prayer list of things that they need answered. Like most believers in the New Testament, the Colossians faced persecution and had great need for the sustenance of life. We should certainly pray for God’s help in time of need but Paul believed that if they would seek the knowledge, wisdom and understanding of the Lord, God’s promises would take care of the other issues. 

Pray with me: Lord, when I pray for others, I sometimes forget that they also need knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Help me to pray for others and myself in a deeper way rather than just looking for answers for needs.

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