“For this reason we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9).
Pleroo: to fill. Transitively, to fill, as a net with fish (Mt 13:48), as a house with a perfumed smell (Jn 12:3); to fill up as a valley (Lk 3:5), or a measure (Mt 23:32);, fill up, supply (Php 4:19); to fulfill, complete . . . .to fully satisfy . . . .
Epignosis: Recognition, detection, awareness, observation . . . Epignosis stands not in contrast to knowledge (gnosis) but to ignorance . . . not an improvement upon gnosis, but in contrast to agnoia, ignorance. . . .
Thelema: will, desire, inclination, choice, determination. The suffix -ma conveys the notion of result; in this case, that which results from the exercise of the will. Hence, thelema is the actual thing willed . . . It means, then, will, not to be conceived as a demand, but as an expression or inclination of pleasure; a want or desire which pleases and creates joy. When it denotes God’s will, it signifies His gracious disposition toward something. . . . Nowhere is it used to designate the commands of God . . . .
(All definitions from the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible)
I’m a mom.
Those three words changed my life twenty-five years ago. I knew having a baby would change my world, but I had no idea how much becoming a mother would change my heart–how much impact it would have on my faith. Becoming a mommy sent me to my knees. I needed to pray A LOT!
When they were younger, I prayed for my kids to love each other. I prayed for them to sleep. And I’ve prayed countless prayers for health and safety and _____________ whatever they needed that day (like to do well on a test.) And I know that those prayers are okay, but I also know that they aren’t eternal. Their test grades won’t matter when they stand before the throne of God and all His glory.[bctt tweet=”My kids’ test grades won’t matter when they stand before the throne of God and all His glory. ” username=”wordsbyandylee”]
That’s why I really love to pray prayers straight from the Bible like this one in Colossians. I find that this prayer really became relevant when my kids turned 18. That’s when mine started searching for their own faith. So, that’s when I got desperate and a little afraid, and I needed divine assistance to form my mommy petitions.
How could a parent go wrong praying for God to “fully satisfy” our kids with the knowledge of Him? I pray from Colossians that they would be “aware” of Him and “recognize” His presence and “His gracious disposition toward them”–the gracious disposition found in Christ. And I pray that they would gain this understanding through the Spirit.
It’s a wonderful prayer for anybody . . . even for ourselves.
Chewing on . . . Being filled with the knowledge of God’s mercy like a room filled with perfume and praying this for others.
[This was a sneak peek of my new project, a 365 day devotional called the Bite of Bread.]
Who’s on your prayer list who could use this divine prayer? Leave a comment!