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Text: Proverbs 30.7-9

After beginning with a request for honesty, Agur concludes his prayer by requesting financial simplicity, “…give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread” (Proverbs 30.8b). Desiring to land somewhere in the “moderate middle,” Agur asks only for what is essential to meet his day-to-day needs: not too much (at the risk of forgetting the goodness of God) and not too little (at the risk of becoming a thief).

The risk for most of us, although certainly not all, is to continually drift from God as our bank accounts grow and our possessions increase: “There’s nothing to eat” (with full pantries and refrigerators) and “I’ve got nothing to wear” (with no room in the closet for one more thing). We have so much more than what we “need.”

In addition to reading Proverbs 26, spend significant time in prayer simply being thankful for God’s financial blessings in your life (however large or small you may perceive them to be). Use your thankfulness to say “No” to one purchase—of something you don’t need—this week.