At the head of a new section, Paul draws together all that he has been saying since 1:24 into a powerful, simple statement. Paul now puts things very simply. This is what he wants for them as an apostle. This is what he is aiming at in his ministry. Here is how to live the Christian life.
The core of Paul’s prayer is in v 10a: so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him. We must walk in a way that shows the worth of Jesus Christ. We could never merit or repay the grace that has been shown to us in Christ. But having received such grace, our lives should magnify the worth of our Lord. Paul wants the Colossians is to live worthy of the grace of Jesus.
Beginning in v 9, Paul shifts gears. when he prayed for the Colossians, his prayers were filled with thanksgivings. he also filled his prayers with petitions for the Colossians. Col 1:9-14 are Paul’s prayer requests. The central idea is found in the first part of v 10; so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him. At the core of Paul’s prayer is that the church members in Colossae live lives worthy of the grace of Jesus. This is a prayer for their sanctification. Paul desires that believers live lives worthy of the grace of Jesus.
Paul was a thankful person. This passage commends thanksgiving to God for the spiritual gifts he gives. We must give thanks to God for all his gifts. This text, however, teaches that Christians give thanks to God for his spiritual gifts. Why should Christians thank God?