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, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
What is the purpose of our faith? Paul puts it clearly. He asks that God fill you with knowledge of his will, through the wisdom and understanding of the Holy Spirit. When we become clear on what God wants for us, we are able to live lives worthy of God. We will bear fruit for doing good work, we will grow to know God better, and we will be strengthened in power.
That power will give us endurance that is not our own, and patience that we don’t normally have. This power will open us to offer joyful thanks to God our Father because of what he has done for us in Jesus Christ. We have been rescued from the dominion of darkness and are brought into the realm of Jesus Christ, who has redeemed us and forgave our sins.
It all begins as we seek to know God’s will better, so that we may live in ways that please God. Paul prayed for this to be done in the people of Colosse, and so we pray this prayer as well. If someone comes to mind that you may pray this prayer as Paul did, that’s good. Pray that we may know the Lord and seek to live according to his will.
Gracious God, you know our needs, our doubts, our struggles and temptations. May we offer to you all that keeps us from more fully living according to your will. We give you our impatience, our self-centeredness, our worry and stress. Help us bear good fruit for you, in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.