“Pray For Full Insight” ( Colossians 1: 9 – 10, NEB ) by Carley Evans

“For this reason, ever since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you. We ask God that you may receive from Him all wisdom and spiritual understanding for full insight into His will, so that your manner of life may be worthy of the Lord and entirely pleasing to Him.”

 

How is it we make our lives “worthy of the Lord?” How is it we make ourselves “entirely pleasing to Him?” Through God’s “wisdom;” by receiving from Him “spiritual understanding” and “full insight into His will.”

 

For us to please God, it is not enough to want to do His will. We need to know His will. Some people believe God wants them to murder doctors who perform abortions. They believe this evil act is the will of God. Some people believe God wants them to set bombs to go off in airplanes in the United States of America. They believe this evil act is the will of their god. Some people believe God wants them to wave the American flag and isolate us from the rest of the world — economically, socially, even religiously. They believe this act of fear is the will of God.

 

God’s will never calls us to do an evil deed in His Name. He never calls us to act out of fear, hatred, mistrust or a ‘holier than thou’ attitude. Rather God calls us to love our neighbors and to do good to those who hate us. We are to turn the other cheek when we are struck. To accept and act upon God’s will, we must pray ceaselessly for “full insight” and “spiritual understanding.” God calls us to love our enemy.

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