Colossians 1:9 (NIV) 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.
Paul sees that the believers in Colossae are being lead astray by false teachings. They are looking for knowledge from someplace other than God.
So, Paul begins interceding for them with this powerful prayer.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Today, I want to talk to you about the importance of knowing God’s will. We’ve been diving deeper into Paul’s prayer for the church in Colossae found in chapter one of Colossians.
Paul got word that false teachers were creeping into the new church in Colossae very, very subtly and very seductively. And most false teachings come in like this. right? They slowly begin taking what you know and skewing it towards what they want you to believe. And before you know it, they’ve sucked the life of Christianity out of you. And it’s not that they reject Christ, it’s just that believing in Christ isn’t enough.
And Paul knows this and that’s is why he prays this in Colossians Chapter one verse 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.”
So, two things here. First, Paul prays they are filled with the knowledge of God’s Will. The knowledge of God’s will. Why does he use that word “knowledge?”
If you recall from yesterday’s teaching, Gnostics were teaching them that they had a secret knowledge that could save you. You see, the Colossian church was birthed in a culture that worried about life after death and they lived their life under the constant belief that the alignment of the stars determined their fate. They lived in terror of potential attacks by evil spirits. They feared descending into the dreadful underworld after death to face countless woes. And because of this they’d wear magical charms and speak spells and They were even abusing their bodies as they confessed their errors.
And so, yes, the believers wanted that secret knowledge to avoid this underworld.
Paul sees this and prays that they are filled with the knowledge of God’s will, not the knowledge from the Gnostics.
Paul also prays that they have wisdom and understanding that the Holy Spirit gives. Because you can know God’s will but if you don’t know what to do with what you know, you can mess it royally. You ever see someone do that? Abraham in the Old Testament is a perfect example of that. He knew God’s will, but he didn’t use wisdom and understanding and took matters into his own hands and messed things up pretty bad.
So, Paul prays they know God’s will and that God gives them wisdom and understanding to know what to do with it.
So your Simple Truth for today: Paul’s prayer is an incredible prayer to begin praying over yourself and over others. God teach me your will and give me wisdom and knowledge to know what to do with it.
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