The Prayer Requests of Wisdom

Most of the Book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon. However, God also chose a few others to bring us truth through this amazing book. A man named Agur wrote Proverbs 30, and in verses 7-9 he prayed an interesting prayer: “Two things I ask of you, O Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” So, Agur is probably an older man at this time (he mentions these requests  “before I die”). He has reflected on life and his relationship with God. First, he prays that he might not become a liar or get caught up in lies (“Keep falsehood and lies far from me”). Agur, in wisdom, knows that a good life is one of truth. Lies only bring confusion in our relationship with God and enflame strife between people. Next, Agur prays over his daily needs. He prays not to be rich and not to be poor. He simply asks God for his daily bread. The Bible teaches that both riches and poverty carry deceitful temptations. The rich person is tempted to “disown” God, saying things like, “Who is the Lord?” This attitude is all too common in America as many who “have it made” totally ignore God. An attitude of ingratitude never leads to anything good, and Agur asked to be spared this. He also prays about poverty, asking God to allow him to live above this. Poverty tempts people to break the law and dishonor God. From these verses, I receive the truth that God wants me to trust Him and be content with whatever comes my way. I don’t need to seek wealth or choose poverty as somehow “being more spiritual.” Our Lord graciously gives us everything we need. Let us give Him thanks!

Pastor Mark Boucher