Agur’s two excellent requests

Many millennia ago, man identified the golden mean. The principle doesn’t work in every area, but Agur found one in which it would help him serve God better.

Two things I ask from you; do not refuse me before I die: Remove falsehood and lies far from me; do not give me poverty or riches, feed me with my allotted portion of bread, lest I become satisfied and act deceptively and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I become poor and steal and demean the name of my God.
Proverbs 30.7-9 NET

This is a prayer that asks God for protection from temptation. Agur doesn’t want to fall into sin; rather he desires to be faithful to his God.

There are two requests, the second with two aspects. He prays that God give him two things: honesty and faithfulness. In the second, he doesn’t want riches or poverty, for in either it would be more difficult to serve the Lord.

Agur foresees situations in which it would be easier to sin. He asks God to keep him from such moments.

His prayer sounds much different than many people say today, in order to receive material things. Agur is concerned, above all, with spiritual things.

The request reminds us of what the Lord Jesus taught us to pray: “Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

What is your request today?

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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