March 8 – Grow
We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…
I recently had my annual physical. My doctor ran a whole battery of tests and lab work and then we met to discuss the results. He explained his desire for me was to take the knowledge of my condition and make some choices to improve my health. His guidance was clear, but it was my choice to follow his recommendations.
I often find that I’m treating my relationship with God like my relationship with my doctor. I know His will and I trust that it’s good for me, but unless I put it into action, the desired “fruit” will not appear.
Paul’s prayer for the Colossians was to know God’s will and receive understanding, but it wasn’t just so they would be smarter and wiser. The first words in verse 10 are “so that”, which means the knowledge and understanding is given by His Spirit for action. When we put God’s will for us into action, we please Him, bear good fruit and we learn more about Him in the process.
When you pray for God’s will, ask Him to show you opportunities to apply it. He wants you to grow and He’ll be faithful to provide the opportunities. Don’t get discouraged; like our health, the change in us often takes time. Be persistent and patient, and you’ll see the results.
Today’s Prayer Focus: Pray for a greater maturity in your faith evidenced by effective ministry.