The Prayer of Agur

Two things I asked of Thee, do not refuse me before I die: Keep deception and lies far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion, lest I be full and deny Thee and say, “Who is the LORD?” Or lest I be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God. (Prov. 30:7-9)

  1. Agur, the writer of this Prayer, recognized his weaknesses and asked to be shielded from the two areas that would affect his relationship with God.
  2. In the first area, Agur asked to be shielded from “deception and lies” which can lead a man away from God. Deception can lead to idolatry and the exaltation of things over/against the Creator.
  3. In the second area, Agur asked God not to give him more than he can handle, either in wealth or poverty. In both cases, Agur was fearful that he might fail prosperity or poverty situations and “profane the name” of God.
  4. Here, wisdom is displayed in one who knew his weaknesses, and who prayed that God would not give him more than he could handle.

Steven R. Cook, D.Min.

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