Paul’s Prayer for the Colossians

Seven Requests

Col. 1:9–14


There are seven requests in Paul’s prayer for the Colossians that will change lives:

• May we be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. We can ask God to lead us to make the precise, exact decisions He wishes us to make.

• May we walk in a manner worthy of Jesus. Upon examination, do our lives bear eternal weight or temporal weight?

• May we please God in all respects. We should always desire to obey God, and there is nothing He requires of you for which He will not equip and strengthen you to accomplish.

• May we bear fruit in every good work. We must actively serve the Lord and make a difference in the lives of those around us.

• May we grow in the knowledge of the Lord. We should never be satisfied that we know enough about Him.

• May we be strengthened with all power according to His glorious might.

Experiencing God’s strength is a matter of knowing it is there and believing it is available to us. We can endure any trial and heartache because of who lives within us.

• May our lives be expressions of joyous thanks to God for His grace to us. We should always be mindful and thankful for the inheritance He has given us with the saints in the light.

Challenge:  This kind of praying will take time.  When I take time to pray this individually, stopping to focus on a particular area in a loved one’s life, it takes time.  But it a contribution of time that costs us nothing in comparrison to the benefits rendered for others.  It is work.   It is “walk worthy” work.  The side effect:  This kind of praying will change YOU too!  It drains away self preoccupation and absorbs the heart of God for his children.

The commentary is mine.  The verses are from the Bible, of course, usually the KJV.



  1. Glenda

    Thank you for this wonderful lesson about prayer. I wish I could say that I have reached this stage, but there are times when my prayers fall short of the goal. I must work on this area of my life, believing that God will direct my thoughts. Thank you again….

    • This post came about because of my disappointment in the Bible study lesson on these verses. It was weak and watered down. So, I went back to my own writing on the subject from about 20 years ago, and thought maybe it would be helpful to publish here. If it prompted you to make some changes, that’s good, but I was not pointing a finger, merely encouraging.

  2. Glenda

    Always need any encouragement, and I thank you for it! By the way, I tried to post a song on your wall last night and got a message that it could not be done because of security settings, then I noticed you made a comment about not seeing any pictures. I don’t know whether there’s a connection or not, but your settings might have gotten changed at some point.

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