How To Pray

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; (Colossians 1:9-11, NKJV)

First, Paul prayed that they would have a knowledge of His will, informed by a true spiritual understanding. To know God and what He requires of us is our first responsibility.

“If you read this epistle through, you will observe that Paul frequently alludes to knowledge and wisdom. To the point in which be judged the church to be deficient he turned his prayerful attention. He would not have them ignorant. He knew that spiritual ignorance is the constant source of error, instability, and sorrow; and therefore he desired that they might be soundly taught in the things of God.” – Charles Spurgeon

How To PraySecond, Paul prayed that they would live according to the same knowledge they received, living out a walk worthy of the Lord.

This is a familiar pattern, repeated over and over again in the New Testament. Our walk is based on our knowledge of God and our understanding of His will.

This is how we can be fully pleasing to God and how we can have a worthy walk.

This is an echo of Jesus’ thought in John15:7-8:

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

As we walk worthy of the Lord, His strength is there to help us meet all of life’s challenges and to endure and overcome problems with circumstances (patience) and people (longsuffering) with joy.

Points To Ponder

  • Are you praying for others in this manner?
  • Maybe we should!


Father God, help us to pray. To pray as led by the Spirit of God. Too often we pray weak and meaningless prayers to  Almighty God.In Jesus name, Amen.

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