The first thing that I’d like to point out in these verses is the repeated use of the word “we” in verse 9. Again, Paul is stressing that this is not him alone. He’s part of a team that prays together and ministers together. And their prayers are not a one time thing but “continually” they ask God on behalf of other believers. Is prayer something that you and your “team” do on a regular, ongoing basis?
Next let’s look at the content of their prayers. They want God to fill these believers with a Spirit guided knowledge of God’s will for their lives. I often hear believers say that they wish they knew what God’s will was for their life. With all the decisions that we face daily, what an appropriate prayer for those on our prayer list as well.
Now, don’t get tripped up with the reason given for understanding God’s will. Paul says in verse 10, “so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way”. None of us are worthy of the Lord and there is nothing that we can do to become worthy of Him. And God is pleased with you and there is nothing that you can do to increase His pleasure with you. So what is Paul saying? Well, he adds some clarification with the following two phrases, “bearing fruit in every good work” and “growing in the knowledge of God”. By knowing God’s will for us we are to bear fruit and grow in knowing the Lord. I believe what Paul is saying is, you call yourself a Christian so live your life in order that others will call you a Christian as well. Live God’s will out loud in word, in action, in all you do. And this can only be done if you continue to grow closer in an intimate relationship with God.
We bear fruit outwardly as we grow closer inwardly.