Paul says to the believers in Colossians 1.9 that he is praying for them. He reveals his specific prayer. He prays that they would “be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” This is the will of God for us. Are we “filled” with the knowledge of His will. Sometimes I have to confess my will gets mixed up with his will. His will comes in our lives but having spiritual wisdom and spiritual understanding.
This takes effort on our part. We are taught that pursing Christ does take some effort. There is a lot we don’t know about God. He has shown us so much in Christ, but without some thought, prayer, reading, study, and investment of time, God can remain a mystery to us. A mystery to great to begin to grapple with. But if we begin to learn and grow by seeking him, we will know him deeper and more accurately. We are instructed to seek the Lord, by Jesus, David, the writer of Hebrews:
Matthew 6:33 (NASB95)“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Psalm 27:4 One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate in His temple.
Seeking the Lord to know him and understand Him is paramont in following Him with joy. Understanding in Col. 1.9 is the Greek word “sunesis” which means to “comprehend”. How do we seek Him? We search. Search for Him in our lives, in His Word, in listening to His Spirit. This takes effort and time.
Paul says he is praying for “spiritual” wisdom and understanding. “Spiritual” is referring to our inner life, our inner spirit. That the wisdom and understanding is not just intellectual, but experiential as our spirit seek Him in the spirit-man, then we gain comprehension and wisdom, which means we understand and then live accordingly to our spiritual understanding.
As we “seek” the Spirit of God reveals the Godhead to us. We gain understanding through revelation and our effort of seeking is putting us in a state of desire. This is an exciting daily adventure. Seeking and receiving have to be part of your daily life. Those who really comprehend the spiritual mysteries of God, do so by taking some time and effort to pursue the Lord. Read, study, pray, meditate, practice silence and solitude and listen with your spirit and then the revelation of God’s Spirit to mankind begins.
Want to know the Lord more? Want to be closer? Seek and Receive. Pray He takes you deeper into His heart, to comprehend spiritual truth by experiencing the presence of God personally. You will begin to know Him more, comprehend spiritual truths, and then walk in them. Be filled! Christ is inviting his people deeper and closer.
I close with these biblical invitations to you and I. Will we say yes?
John 7:37–38 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ ”
Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.
Hebrews 4:16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.