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Prayer Principle 3A: Submission: 
A Worthy Walk That is Pleasing to God

Tuesday Bible Study Notes

Westside Care Center Tuesday, January 23, 2006

 Mr. C. Pat Lanyon


What does it mean to pray "Your will be done...?" This is what we are asking and trying to answer from the Bible. We found the following passage to be one of the key passages which gives us pointed instruction about this very section of our Lord’s Model Prayer in Matthew 6.

Colossians 1:9-12

9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;

12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

The word "that" repeated in this section defines for us ‘purpose statements’ that seem to give two main results, or purposes, of prayer for knowledge of God’s will. We have just finished studying what it means to "be filled" [Section 1B] by examining the phrase "in all wisdom and spiritual understanding." We found that wisdom is facts about what God’s will is a specifically stated in the Bible, and then we found that spiritual understanding is applying those facts to life. Therefore we found it important to ask for certain character qualities to help us actually DO God’s will.

Once action is in place, now, v10, we see that it takes us on a pathway, or, journey, or as given here: a spiritual "walk." The remainder of this passage seems to list for us conditions that are required if we are to say that our walk is characterized as "worthy."

Introduction: (3A. Submission: [Conditions for A] Walk Worthy of the Lord – Colossians 1:10)

Outlining Submission in the Prayer Notebook

Since working on these character traits, I am better enabled now to advance toward a...

2B. WALK WORTHY of the Lord,

1C. Conditions

1D. "Fully pleasing Him" (Col 1.10) And for me to be fully pleasing Him, it will be important for me to [become]

2D. "FRUITFUL in every good work, and

3D. "INCREASING in the knowledge of God, [and]

4D. "STRENGTHENED with all might according to His glorious power for...

5D. (All) PATIENCE and

6D. (All) LONGSUFFERING with joy.

7D. GIVING THANKS to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light."


The phrase "to all pleasing" is the literal way it’s rendered in the original.

The word pleasing is from a Greek word, appesko, meaning: " to accommodate one's self to the opinions desires and interests of others," and adds the sense of "carrying off, or carrying away with one’s emotions of excitement"

" Immediately preceding this word in the original are the words eis pasao, or "into all things" thus we have the translation fully pleasing.

What does the Bible say about pleasing God?

Pr 16:7 When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Thus pleasing God is an astounding transforming principle to everyone around us.

Php 4:18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.

In this passage’s context is the rejoicing focus, Thus pleasing God not only makes Him happy– it can make us able to rejoice in whatever circumstances we fin ourselves in!

1Th 4:1 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;

This chapter we have studied in our first sessions on submission, and we realized that the sexual "pleasures" outside of marriage are forbidden from verses 3-4. However, few of us are ignorant of the ‘excitement’ that physical act brings – How much better to seek to bring an even greater and better pleasure to God!

2Ti 2:4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

Private Soldiers learn early in their training it is best to keep the ‘sarge’ happy with their training responses. Again this is another kind of 'word picture' of pleasure to envision. Their whole training time separates them from normal routines of civilian life.

Heb 11:5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, "and was not found, because God had taken him"; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Only 2 people in the Bible, [Enoch and Elijah] so pleased God that they did not die.

Heb 13:16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Here we see another way to please God: be righteous and be hospitable

1Jo 3:22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

Pleasing God brings rewards to us quickly when we pray.


List three things from the ideas above you can do this week that will make you pleasing to God relating to doing His will.

Additional Lecture NOTES:

eis eis into pasaw, pasaÇ

1) individually

1a) each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything

699 areskeia areskeia ar-es'-ki-ah

from a derivative of 700; TDNT-1:456,77; n f

AV-pleasing 1; 1

1) desire to please

700 areskw aresko ar-es'-ko

probably from 142 (through the idea of exciting emotion); TDNT-1:455,77; v

AV-please 17; 17

1) to please

2) to strive to please

2a) to accommodate one's self to the opinions desires and interests of others


142 airw airo ah'-ee-ro

a primary root; TDNT-1:185,28; v


AV-take up 32, take away 25, take 25, away with 5, lift up 4, bear 3, misc 8; 102

1) to raise up, elevate, lift up

1a) to raise from the ground, take up: stones

1b) to raise upwards, elevate, lift up: the hand

1c) to draw up: a fish

2) to take upon one's self and carry what has been raised up, to bear

3) to bear away what has been raised, carry off

3a) to move from its place

3b) to take off or away what is attached to anything

3c) to remove

3d) to carry off, carry away with one

3e) to appropriate what is taken

3f) to take away from another what is his or what is committed to him, to take by force

3g) to take and apply to any use

3h) to take from among the living, either by a natural death, or by violence

3i) cause to cease

Pleased, Greek word #700 in NT: [see above for definition]

Mt 14:6 But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased <700> Herod.

Mr 6:22 And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased <700> Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.

Ac 6:5 And the saying pleased <700> the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:

Ro 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please <700> God.

Ro 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please <700> ourselves.

Ro 15:2 Let <700> every one of us please <700> his neighbour for his good to edification.

Ro 15:3 For even Christ pleased <700> not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

1Co 7:32 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please <700> the Lord:

1Co 7:33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please <700> his wife.

1Co 7:34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please <700> her husband.

1Co 10:33 Even as I please <700> all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Ga 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please <700> men? for if I <700> yet pleased <700> men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

1Th 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing <700> men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

1Th 2:15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please <700> not God, and are contrary to all men:

1Th 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please <700> God, so ye would abound more and more.

2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please <700> him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.