Colossians 1:9-10 (NIV)
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.
Paul often begins his letters with a prayer of thanksgiving. Reading these introductory prayers carefully, you will find that the content of each specific prayer gives a sneak peek into the heart he plans to share later with the church in each epistle. In Colossians, the prayer of thanksgiving is extended, and expresses Paul’s desire that the Colossians grow in the knowledge (epignosis) that they have already been given to recognize the grace of God in the gospel (the verbal form of epignosis is used in v. 6). This word is an intensified form of the usual word for knowledge (gnosis), which seems to be an intentional move on Paul’s part. This kind of knowledge is truly “epic” – a relational recognition of Jesus’ love and grace at work in our lives. Today, may we be filled with this kind of epic knowledge as we continue to give thanks to the Father!
Prayer: Lord, fill us today with growing knowledge of who you are and what you desire to do in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Let’s worship by singing the song, “There’s Nothing Our God Can’t Do” by Passion (click here).