Devoted Lifestyle: Prayer
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
Here in his letter to the Colossians, Paul gives us incredible insight into what it looks like to have a daily devoted lifestyle to Christ Jesus. To sustain this lifestyle of devotion, we need to be consistent in prayer and reading of the Word of God. Through this scripture, Paul lays out the giftings and characteristics we need for devotion in our walk with God.
“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you”. Paul says that he does not cease to pray for the Colossians, modeling for us that it is actually feasible to pray constantly and keep our spirit man in tune with Heaven, even amid our busy schedules. Paul continues in verse 9, declaring into their lives that they “may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding”. When we are filled with the power of Holy Spirit, the knowledge of the Father is unveiled to us, and we are given wisdom beyond our years and spiritual understanding in order to declare the things of the Kingdom into the natural.
The next thing Paul speaks of is living out a daily walk with Christ. In verse 10 he says, “that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God”. When we know the Father’s will, alongside spiritual wisdom and understanding, we can pray and declare those things into the natural, and also live out His will. This lifestyle of prayer directs our daily walk with Christ. We are fully able to walk worthy of the Lord and be pleasing to Him with a life that produces good fruit. To maintain a sensitivity to Holy Spirit—to hear what He is saying at all times—we must continue to die to ourselves, pick up our cross, and follow Jesus. It is then, when we prioritize the spirit over our flesh, that we receive the download of the knowledge of God. And in all reality, knowing Him is half the battle of maintaining consistency in devotion. The more we know Him, the more we will want Him. It is in prayer, and through the Word, where we find out who He is, who we are, and where we strengthen our relationship with Him.
The third thing we see in Paul’s letter is a prayer for endurance. Verse 11 states, “strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy”. Paul knew the Colossians needed strength to walk worthy of the Lord and to be fruitful. As do we! Staying consistent in prayer and in the Word can be a huge weakness for many Christians, and can be an area of attack from the enemy, because this is the place where our relationship with the Father grows. How do we push past this and stay consistent in prayer? Jesus said that His strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). So let’s ask Holy Spirit to be our teacher –to teach us how to pray, how to stay consistent, and how to read His Word so that we receive and comprehend its message. But we’re not going to stop there—let’s declare today the strength of the Lord into the weak areas of our lives so that we may receive His glorious power so we remain patient and joyful in spite of difficulties.
Lastly, Paul advises to live a lifestyle of thankfulness. He continues in verse 11, “giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light”. It is unimaginable that our Father in Heaven loves us so greatly that He would take us in our broken state and still qualify us to be partakers of the inheritance in the Kingdom as those in the light. This gives us hope, that even if we don’t have everything perfect and sorted out, God still desires us. Paul even continues in verses 13-14 of Colossians to say that we have been delivered from darkness, forgiven of our sins, and are now in “the Kingdom of the Son of His love”. We are a part of that Kingdom!
Today, allow Him to qualify you for the calling and the purpose He has for you to see the Kingdom of Heaven come to Earth. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12). Be confident today that a devoted lifestyle of revival is possible for you.