… in all spiritual wisdom and understanding … (Colossians 1:9)

Yesterday we echoed Paul’s prayer that God would fill us with the knowledge of his will—that we would know the person and work of Jesus Christ. In today’s continuation of Paul’s prayer for the church at Colossae, he prays that this would be “in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” Douglas J. Moo notes that Paul is referring to “the ability to discern the truth and to make good decisions based on that truth.” Notice, however, that Paul uses the adjective “spiritual,” indicating that he is not praying merely that the Colossians would run their church efficiently. He makes the same point in the next chapter, when he writes that “in [Christ] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). Paul is praying that the Colossians’ discernment of truth and decision-making would be impacted by their knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Pray, therefore, that our basis for truth and decision-making would be the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray that we would make gospel decisions and not just those that make sense to us from a human perspective. Pray that we would be wise, not according to the world’s wisdom, but according to God’s wisdom. Pray that we would operate out of an understanding of the gospel rather than fear, insecurity, or American business practices.

“but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24)