A Life-Changing Prayer
Today’s passage includes a life-changing prayer, which was written by Paul in his letter to the believers at Colossae. What makes this prayer powerful is that every request was in agreement with God’s will.
The first petition was for the Colossians to know the Lord’s desires. In order to please our Father, we must comprehend what His plans are and then carry them out. This includes His general purposes for all His children—such as loving God and our neighbors (Luke 10:27)—as well as His specific plan for each of us (Eph. 2:10).
Paul’s second request was for God to give spiritual wisdom and understanding regarding such knowledge. He knew that to apply what we learn, we need the insight and clarity which comes only from the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). The result of these two petitions will be the ability to see from God’s viewpoint. We’ll perceive our choices and situations as they really are, not just as they appear to be.
We could also make this request for those who do not trust in the Savior. Our Father offers salvation to all who believe in Christ. It is not His desire for any to perish (2 Peter 3:9). If unbelievers know God’s will, their minds will be open to His offer of forgiveness, and they will accept the sacrifice Jesus made on their behalf.
Our heavenly Father has promised that those who pray in agreement with His purposes will receive what they ask. Therefore, it is important to start by discovering what His plans are. Try incorporating scriptural prayers—like the one from today’s passage—into your conversations with the Lord.
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