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Knowledge of God Begins With Prayer

Written by: John Sernaque

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Colossians 1: 9-11

1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it], do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

God’s Will May Be Known—

[Colossians 1:9-11 quoted.] How complete this prayer is! There is no limit to the blessings that it is our privilege to receive. We may be “filled with the knowledge of his will.” The Holy Ghost would never have inspired Paul to offer this prayer in behalf of his brethren, if it had not been possible for them to receive an answer from God in accordance with the request. Since this is so, we know that God’s will is manifested to His people as they need a clearer understanding of His will (Letter 179, 1902). {7BC 906.2}

God speaks to us through His Word, and through the Holy Spirit. When we pray, we should bring our petitions before God, but also, be attentive to His voice as He speaks to us. To be in continual communion with God gives us the opportunity to hear His message to us and follow His voice where He leads. Hearken unto God, hold thy peace and He will speak. Obey His commandments, for if you walk contrary to His way, He will walk contrary to you. Let not our will, but let Thy will be done.

Dear Lord,

We bring our petitions before You, and pray that You speak to us and that we hear Your voice and follow wherever You lead. We pray that You use us as Your vessels. You are the potter and we are the clay. We pray that You shape us and mold us into the Christian we ought to be. Help us help others to realize their need of a savior and surrender their life to You. We are here but for a short time to receive Your righteousness and eternal life. We pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and let not our will, but let Thy will be done. We thank You for hearing and answering our prayers, in the name of Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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