Prayer Principle 3A: Submission:
A Worthy Walk That is Pleasing to God
Tuesday Bible Study
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.
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
2B. WALK WORTHY of the Lord,
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."
FULLY PLEASING HIM
The phrase "to all pleasing" is the literal way it’s rendered in
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
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
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
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
1a) each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything
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;
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>
Mr 6:22 And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and
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>
Ro 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak,
and not to please <700>
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>
1Co 7:33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world,
how he may please <700>
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>
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
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.