Collossians 1:”9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”
Following on from last Wednesday in our little series on Colossians, we said that Paul hasn’t met the Colossians but he is still delighted to hear about their genuine faith. Here he tells them what he prays for them: to know God and His ways, do good (in a real, practical sense), please God, and to gain spiritual strength and endurance.
Do you ever look at passages like this and let them drift over your head? I do. It just seems a list of impossible things wrapped up in spiritual language. But Paul is being serious and practical. He believes his prayers will and must be answered for their spiritual survival in a dark world.
How do we get the things Paul was praying for the Colossians? The same way they would: by the work of the Holy Spirit.
We could say the work of the Holy Spirit is “God’s work, done in us, at our invitation.”
Think about that. God wants us to grow to know Him and live a life of love. He can make that really happen in our lives by His Holy Spirit. All He needs from us is our complete surrender. Complete. Total. That’s all.
So, over to you, Colossians. Over to you, Peter, Lyette, Northway Church… let us invite God to work in us by His Spirit to affect real change.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we need Your Spirit to really change us, to know You better, to show real fruit in our lives and to learn to be strong and endure. I invite You to fill me and change me today as I submit and surrender gladly to You. Amen