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Colossians 1

Jerry Zhang
Jerry Zhang

2 min read

Paul's Prayer For The Colossians

Colossians 1:9-12

And so, from the day we heard, 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, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

Paul and his co-ministers constantly prays for the wellbeing of the Colossian church. Not ceasing means never stopping. That means every waking moment they are praying, through their words and their actions and their hearts. Let's break down the prayer.

Filled with the knowledge of his will

We know the adage "knowledge is power". While this is true, there also exists knowledge about good and evil. Knowledge can be used for either side, so we must be careful of the knowledge we obtain.

Paul prays specifically for them to be filled with the knowledge of his will. It's not knowledge for us to earn on our own–it's to be filled. That wording indicates someone fills them with knowledge, in this context, by God.

The contents of the knowledge is spiritual wisdom and understanding. Such knowledge can only be filled by the Holy Spirit. This is the mystery hidden for the ages (v26) that Paul speaks of later in the passage.

The purpose of being filled with such knowledge is to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him.

Bearing fruit in every good work

Work is exploiting knowledge. Whenever we take an action, we don't just blindly do it–someone or something taught us why we do things. Therefore, similar to knowledge, work can also be used for good or evil.

Paul specifically prays for them to do good work and bear fruit. Experiences such as this not only helps us fulfill God's will for us, but also helps us increase in knowledge of God.

Being strengthened with all power

In order to do work, we must find the source of our strength. Some find this source from their own willpower, powered by selfish desires. Others source it from their desires to protect and nourish their own. Ultimately, our source of strength can come from either good or evil, from God or without God.

Paul specifically prays for the source of our strength to come from God's glorious might, such that we may be able to endure everything and be joyfully patient.

Giving thanks

Giving thanks happens before work, during work, and after work. Giving thanks is a form of worship. What do we give thanks for? What are we grateful for? What do we worship?

Worship is an act that is applied toward something. We can worship good or evil, God or not God.

Paul prays that we give thanks to the Father and worship him because he has qualified us to share in his inheritance.


Jerry Zhang

Programmer, YouTuber, and amateur musician. I like to write too!