Prayer For A Worthy Walk
“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; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;”
This Is a Gradual Process
At least three things are implied by the wording of this opening petition. First, by nature we are devoid of such knowledge: before regeneration we are actuated only by self-will and satanic suggestions – ‘we have turned every one to his own way (Isa. 53:6). Second, to become filled with the knowledge of God’s will is a gradual process, for the filling of a vessel is accomplished by degrees, by steady increase. And thus it is with the Christian: ‘precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, there a little.’ Third, it is our duty to attain to this state, yet constant recourse must be had to the throne of grace for divine assistance. Ignorance is deplorable and inexcusable, yet wisdom comes from above and must be diligently sought. To be ‘filled with the knowledge of his will’ includes a comprehensive and abundant knowledge as well as a well-proportioned one. The apostle here made request for something intensely practical: not speculations about the divine nature, prying into the divine decrees, nor inquisitive explorations of unfulfilled prophecy, but the knowledge of God’s will as it respects the ordering of our daily walk in this world. As one has said: ‘The knowledge of our duty is the best knowledge.’ ‘That the soul be without knowledge . . . is not good’ (Prov. 19:2).