Col. 1:9 So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom.
There are several important things we need to focus on in this verse. First, Paul told the church that he (and his companions) continued to pray for the church. It wasn't a one time deal, or even a short time deal. The church at Colosse was on Paul's heart and he kept praying for her. I suspect that things would be quite different in most of our churches and lives if we were to not give up praying for one another.
Paul asked the Lord to give the church a complete understanding of what God wanted to do in their lives. So many of us are simply confused about what the Lord wants to do in and through our lives. We need to work on understanding the work of God in our lives. We need to stay out of the Lord's way and let Him work in us. We need to be able to see measureable changes in our lives. We need to understand that the Lord is with us; He is always at work in us to make us holy servants.
Paul also asked the Lord to make the church wise with spiritual wisdom. He wanted them to be able to rightly apply God's Word to their lives. He wanted them to think and act Biblically. He wanted them to live by do what was right before God and man.
We ought to pray this prayer for ourselves and for those we fellowship with. I believe that the church is spiritually deficient when it comes to asking the Lord to help us become who we ought to be in Christ. We won't get much better on our own; we need the Lord's help and prayer is the key.