Colossians 1:9-12…”9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” Paul continues to give us an example of biblical prayer. We should pray constantly for other members of our church (this was written to those in the body of the church of Colossae). We are to ask that God helps them understand his word and obey it. Our prayers for others should also focus on an interest in their lives bearing fruit. This includes praying that they would be in His word more consistently, because we cannot know God apart from His word. Additionally, the emphasis on thanksgiving is important to remember. Our joy will increase when we begin to realize we’ve been give far more than we deserve if we’re in Christ. Anything else is an unbelievably gracious bonus given by a loving Father.