(In case you’re just joining us for this journey of Pray Through Pentecost, I wanted to remind you that what we’re doing every day here on the blog is going through some of the prayers the early church prayed and praying for the same things. We’re also praying thee times a day the prayers that are listed below in the section: “The Three for Morning…” We want God to be leading us individually and as a church in what He has for us.)
How many times have you heard someone say they just wish they knew what God’s will was for their life? And usually, what they mean by that is that they want God to write out a 1 5, 10, 15, 20, etc. year plan so they know exactly what they’re supposed to do and when they’re supposed to do it. This year, I’ll do this. 5 years from now I’ll be doing that. Etc. Etc. Etc.
That kind of living wouldn’t require a lot of faith would it. It also wouldn’t feel much like free will either. There are reasons God doesn’t do that for us. But, I think one of the biggest reasons is that He wants us to be continually developing the kind of relationship with Him that we don’t need to worry about what’s coming, but we can just trust God for today and know that He will take care of tomorrow when it gets here.
They called on God for a knowledge of his will.
And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9).
Notice the criteria with which Paul is urging the Colossians to pray for knowledge of God’s will – in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. He does not tell them to go to buy a bucket of fortune cookies, go to a tarot card reader, palm reader, fortune teller, psychic, horoscope or whatever other thing we might want to turn to in order to try to find out what’s going to happen to us. Instead, his prayer is that they would be filled with the knowledge of God will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Here is the rest of that sentence (it’s one long run-on..)
so that you may live worthily of the Lord and please him in all respects—bearing fruit in every good deed, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might for the display of all patience and steadfastness, joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light.
Praying for God to show us His will for us is for the purpose of living worthily for the Lord – seeking to please Him. Praying for God to show us His will for us is for the purpose of bearing fruit for the Kingdom in every good deed. The purpose of praying for God to show us His will for us is being strengthened in all power according to His glorious might…
The point of knowing God’s will is to bring glory to God. And that is how we should be praying. Not for God to show us how to get rich, how to succeed in life, etc. We need to be praying for God to show us how we should be living our live in a way that brings Him the glory that is rightfully His.
The Three for Morning, Afternoon and Evening.
“Now for Next” Prayer
What do we need to do now as a church to be ready for what God has for us next.
“What’s My Role” Prayer
Pray for God to show us the role we will play individually in accomplishing that mission.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.