“Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.” Proverbs 30:7-9 ESV
The prayer of Agur makes two request; remove falsehood, and give him neither riches or poverty but only the food he needs.
The prayer of Agur has always intrigued me. It is a humble prayer for the essentials of life and nothing more yet nothing less. His prayer reveals his desire to place full dependence upon the Lord and not seek to take matters into his own hands when it comes to riches or poverty. His desire is that the Lord will give him what he needs and nothing more.
Can we be content with just the essentials of life and rest fully in the provision of God for our lives. It seems we are never satisfied and are always striving for more. Agur knew his tendency to want more and would even steal for it if he had need. His request was for balance in his resources. He wanted what he needed and nothing more or nothing less. Will we be content in having our “daily bread”? Can we rest in the provisions of God and find contentment in what he provides?
Lord, I ask that you will provide for my daily needs so I will find all I need in you.