“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.” Colossians 1:9 NIV
Paul’s letters written during his first imprisonment – Philippians, Colossians and Philemon – represent his mature experiences. The prayers in these letters reveal deep aspects of Paul’s spiritual life. Colosse was one of the Churches which Paul had neither founded nor visited. Christianity was brought there by Epaphras, one of Paul’s disciples. But Paul had a keen interest in the spiritual welfare of this church. In today’s verse, Paul prayed that they might be “filled with the knowledge of His will”. For the will of God known and done is the secret of all true living. It was the keynote of our Lord’s earthly life. Jesus came to do the will of the Father, and we know that in one of the deepest experiences of His life He said: “Not My will, but Yours be done”. Jesus told His disciples, as He tells us, that His food was to do the will of Him that sent Him, and He taught them, as He teaches us, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. The will of God is the substance of revelation; the Bible, from beginning to end, is the revelation of God’s will for us all. Perhaps the most-embracing prayer is: “Teach me to do Your will”. The ideal life can be summed up in the phrase, “He that does the will of God abides for ever”. As Paul prayed for the Christians of Colosse to be fill with the knowledge of God’s will, so too may we!
Lord, teach us to do Your will in every aspect of our lives.
PRAYER FOR TODAY
Thank You, Lord, that Your will is the substance of revelation, and Your Word, the Bible, from beginning to end, is the revelation of Your will for us all. So, teach us, Lord, to do Your will. AMEN
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