I’m not an equation kind of person–I learn by stories and visuals–but this verse is an equation for life, and God gave it to us. We pray (for ourselves and others) asking for wise minds, attuned spirits, and understanding. Why? So that we can life a life worthy of the Lord (with His help) with pleasing God as the goal in everything we do. Why? So that we will be able to share the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. So that we will grow in our knowledge of and relationship with the Lord–moving toward our future with Him in heaven (vs. 3-5). 1 + 2 = 3 Colossians 1:9 (NLT) Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.