Spirit of Knowledge, Spirit of Wisdom, Spirit of Understanding


The Verse of the Day is part of the inspired prayer opening Paul’s letter to the “God’s holy people in the city of Colossae, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.” Certainly this prayer also expresses God’s desire for His people everywhere, not just those dwelling in that ancient city in Asia Minor.

Colossians 1:9 (NLT)

So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.

If the prayer is that God will give knowledge, wisdom and understanding, three expression of the Spirit of God, then the answer to that prayer would be that those being prayed for would receive that which was requested.

Jesus Christ, in reference to the giving of the Holy Spirit, makes this statement in Luke 11:13(NLT):

So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him”

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind three poems inspired by references to the Spirit of Knowledge, the Spirit of Wisdom, and the Spirit of Understanding. All three are intertwined as three gold chains on a delicate necklace or exquisite piece of jewelry.

The Spirit of Knowledge,

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father of glory, may give to you

the spirit of wisdom and revelation

in the knowledge of him;

Ephesians 1:17

To excel in mighty works that demonstrate God’s power,

Far above the knowledge of any human mind,

Beyond the confines of any ivory tower,

We pursue knowledge and seek that we might find,

To know the exceeding greatness of that power,

Surpassing natural intellect of mankind;

That we may be filled with the knowledge of His will.

Such knowledge begins with the fear of the Lord,

Knowing that every promise our God will fulfill,

We receive the spirit of knowledge, not just a word.

We have been bought with a price, we are not our own.

Assured that God keeps His covenant we stand still.

The fullness of that knowledge shall someday be shown:

When Christ returns, then shall we know as we are known.

Closely related to the Spirit of Knowledge is

The Spirit of Wisdom

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom.

 And in all your getting, get understanding.

Proverbs 4:7(NKJV)

As we finish our course, we shall walk and not faint

And cause to flee, as one chases an enemy.

As hunters will track down their game with no restraint,

So your fragrance arouses us as we awake.

Desire, a fire, flames this inner passion deeply.

Though we felt your touch and sensed your presence before,

As lovers will pursue their beloved, so will we

Yearn to be with you and to know you even more,

Assured that all those who pursue you shall also find.

As the sun rises to follow its daily course,

Zealously we seek you with our heart and soul and mind,

As one traces a winding river to its source.

As one forsakes all to pursue a priceless treasure,

So we seek the spirit of wisdom’s good pleasure.

Spirit of Understanding is the third expression of God’s desire for us:

  The Place of Understanding

  From where then does Wisdom come?

  And where is the place of understanding?

 Job 28:20 AMP


 I must arise and strive to reach the place

 Where the rivers of understanding flow

 And never doubt God’s purpose and His grace.

 “The Call”

So we seek the spirit of wisdom’s good pleasure

That we might gain insight to better comprehend.

As God enlightens our eyes in fuller measure,

We behold where wisdom and understanding blend,

The place where the rivers of understanding flow.

We no longer walk in darkness and merely grope.

To no longer question nor doubt but truly know

Is to see life in its fullness from a broad scope.

People of understanding depart from evil,

Walk by the spirit, abiding with the upright.

Likewise, we seek to be wise and learn to be still

That our lives might be acceptable in God’s sight.

Order our steps to the place of our destiny,

As God’s will unfolds in splendid epiphany.

A similar prayer to the one offered in Colossians 1 is found in Ephesians 1-18-23, rendered as this song: A Prayer for the Ephesian Church:

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