For the next couple of weeks, we are going to look at a couple of interesting things that emerge from the book of Colossians that I think can help us in our daily pursuit of Jesus.
In our current sermon series, we are exploring Colossians chapter 3, but today I want to point you to verses 9 and 10 of chapter 1. There we read:
9 So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
Paul, writing to a group of people he has never met and who live in a city he has yet to visit, now reveals a mighty prayer. It wasn't a prayer for their good health, for God's protection against the pressures they were facing, or a prayer about God providing material needs. It was a big prayer asking for God's transformative power to develop others in a profoundly spiritual way.
It gives us a window into what Paul ultimately wanted for the Christians living in Colossae - spiritual wisdom and understanding. When was the last time you prayed for spiritual wisdom and understanding - or better yet, prayed that for someone else?
Be encouraged today - as a church leadership; we are praying that same prayer for you today.