As you think about your prayer life, what struggles do you experience? Inconsistency? Lack of focus (squirrel!)? Boredom? What changes can you make to alleviate some of these problems? What tends to be to focus of you prayers? Personal concerns? Material concerns? Health concerns? What seems to be Paul’s central concern in his prayer for these young believers in Colosse? Check out his other prayers for additional insight: Rom. 15:14-33; Eph 1:15-23; 3:14-21; Phil 1:9-11; 1 Thes 3:9-13; 2 Thes 1:11&;12.
The ultimate goal of Paul’s prayer for spiritual knowledge for these believers is that they live a life worthy of the Lord and pleasing to the Lord. What is your goal in gaining insight into God and his Word? What will keep a growing knowledge of God from “puffing us up”? 1 Cor 8:1 Paul lists four marks of a life pleasing to God in verses 10b – 12. How are you doing in these areas? Check out Ps. 19:14; Jn. 5:30; Rom. 12:1; Eph. 5:10; Phil. 4:18; Col. 3:20; I Tim 2:3 &;5:4; Heb. 11:6; and I Jn. 3:21-23 for other aspects of a life that pleases the Lord.
When you think of being strengthened with all the glorious power of God, what results would you anticipate seeing in your life? According to verse 12, what is the effect of this glorious power working in our lives? How important do you think this is in our “immediate gratification
– instant results” culture? In what areas do you need God’s strength to endure and exhibit patience? Remember, “It’s always too soon to quit!”