"Pray Ahead!" - January 5, 2016

"Two things I ask of you, O Lord... 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, or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God."  Proverbs 30:7-9

These few verses in Proverbs 30 are sayings of some guy named Agur, who was the son of some other guy named Jakeh.  I don't know much about either of them, but I like Agur's attitude.  Like Solomon who asked God for wisdom, Agur asked God to keep him in the truth, and to keep him simply content with just enough.  

As I thought about his requests, I wondered when was the last time that I asked God for just enough.  Yes, I recognize that He is the one who abundantly blesses me, and yes, I am constantly giving Him the glory for whatever He brings, but I don't recall ever having said "Wait a minute!  That's too much, God.  I don't want ____.  Please just take it back so I don't become too proud or forget it was You who gave it to me."  Nor did l give back whatever it was.  Maybe I did in some small offering to church, but if I'm honest,  my heart wasn't at the 'just enough' place.  Looking back, I think I've trusted myself too much.    

Agur was wise to understand his own limitations and his tendency towards pride or greed.  He was thinking ahead to the dangers of what COULD happen within the realm of temptation, and decided not to trust himself too much, but to rely on God to give him advanced coverage.   Because of this wise guy Agur,  I am planning to do more praying that involves thinking ahead.   I will call it "praying ahead".   I can anticipate my sinful tendencies, temptations, and personal weaknesses (I  know them all well!), and pray accordingly, relying on God for advanced coverage.  

God knows everything.  He knew exactly what Agur would do with whatever he was given.  He knows me and my exact weaknesses, and He knows just what I will do with whatever I am given.  Yet He still wants me to trust, and to ask.  He wants me to grow in my knowledge of who I am, and in my understanding of who HE is.  He wants me to continue voicing my desperate need for Him, as a reminder to myself, and a witness to others.  Finally, I believe that like most parents,  our God would like to see His children wise up, anticipate their personal tendencies, and pray ahead with the confidence that He is already there.                    

4 comments

  • Heidi

    Heidi Over here

    I hadn't thought of this and makes me aware of my tendencies and desire to pray ahead. Thank you for this inspiring message!

    I hadn't thought of this and makes me aware of my tendencies and desire to pray ahead. Thank you for this inspiring message!

  • connie  fry

    connie fry oregon,wi

    Like Agur, Wendy you are wise to what GOD expects of us and wanting to praise HIM for being HIS child. I enjoy your writings. Have a blessed day.

    Like Agur, Wendy you are wise to what GOD expects of us and wanting to praise HIM for being HIS child. I enjoy your writings. Have a blessed day.

  • Wendysue

    Wendysue

    Thanks for reading! You are a blessing to me!

    Thanks for reading! You are a blessing to me!

  • Richard

    Richard

    I am willing to try this advice. I like the idea of being proactive instead of reactive. I have done so much without approaching God first and it has made a mess for me. This is very encouraging to me. I want to have Jesus to take control of my priorities, goals and life. You are right on target here - I can see that. May your day be blessed.

    I am willing to try this advice. I like the idea of being proactive instead of reactive. I have done so much without approaching God first and it has made a mess for me. This is very encouraging to me. I want to have Jesus to take control of my priorities, goals and life. You are right on target here - I can see that. May your day be blessed.

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