The Words of Agur (2)

Continuing to Learn From the Example of Agur

Welcome back to Progressive Devotions! I trust that you were able to benefit from our study of the example of Agur. Today we will look at an example of Agur’s prayer life.

Text For Today

Please read Proverbs 30:7-17

An Example From Agur’s Prayer Life (verses 7-9)

When is the last time you gave serious consideration to what is important in life? Agur mentioned two things that are important in life.

Separation from vanity and lies is important.

Agur understood that our lives can be consumed with meaningless and empty works that have no eternal value. Let us not forget the words of the Apostle Paul regarding that day in the future when God will judge all our works.

Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (1 Corinthians 3:13-15)

Agur understood the terrible impact that lying has upon our lives.

  • Speaking a lie is a sin against God (Proverbs 6:17).
  • Believing a lie is a sin against God (2 Thessalonians 2:11).
  • Unrepentant liars will be condemned to an eternity in hell (Revelation 21:8).
Provision of necessities is important.

Agur understood that poverty presents the temptations of stealing and becoming angry at God. He also understood that wealth can tempt a man to deny God. So, Agur simply asked the Lord to provide his daily needs.

  • God wants us to ask Him to meet our daily needs: “Give us this day our daily bread…” (Matthew 6:11).
  • God has promised to meet our daily needs: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
  • We need to be satisfied with God’s provision of our daily needs: “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-9).

Challenge

Take some time today to reflect on your prayer life. Are you praying? Are you seeking the Lord for things that are truly important? May God help us to please Him in our prayer lives.

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