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Sermon #47: Paul's Prayer for Christians

"And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light." - Colossians 1:10-12 (NIV)

This is Paul's prayer for Christians. 

In his letter, Paul addressed the "holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse" (see Colossians 1:2). 

The fact that Paul prayed demonstrates the importance of what he prayed about, not only to himself, but to God also.

Paul prayed that the Colossians might live a life worthy of the Lord. It's a fact that Christians may choose to live lives that are not worthy of the Lord. 

Paul also prayed that the Colossians might please the Lord in every way. The main point here is not pleasing the Lord. Instead, the main point is "in every way". Not in some aspects of one's life, not sometimes, but "in every way".

Paul also prays that we might always bear fruit in every good work, grow in knowledge, learn to endure and be patient and joyfully give thanks to the Father.

Let's strive, daily, to live lives that are consistent with this expectation.