Today’s Reading | Colossians 1:1-23
Results of Prayer
When you pray, what do you pray for? As you have read through these four books known as the Prison Epistles, hopefully you have learned a great deal from observing the way Paul prayed. In today’s reading, we have another one of his prayers to more closely observe. It gives us an example of how to pray. It also shows the results of our prayers in the lives of those we have prayed for. Paul prayed that God would fill the people in the church of Colosse with the knowledge of His will through spiritual wisdom and understanding. We find that there are six results from this prayer. Number them in your Bible. “They will live a life worthy of the Lord (vs. 10); they will please God in every way (vs. 10); they will bear fruit in every good work (vs. 10); they will grow in the knowledge of God (vs. 10); they will strengthen with all power (vs. 11); and they will joyfully give thanks to God (vs. 11).” Who would not want these items to characterize his spiritual life? Imagine what would happen in your church when these six results begin to show themselves in people’s lives. Ask God to give you what Paul prayed for in this chapter.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?