Give me neither poverty nor riches

Just a little thought to add to the last post. We all pray “give us this day our daily bread” as part of the Lords prayer. I’ve prayed this many times and accepted it ‘as-is’.

However, Proverbs 30:7-9 can help us expand on this a little and perhaps understand just exactly what it was Jesus was trying to impart to us by those words:

7 “Two things I ask of you, O LORD;
do not refuse me before I die:

8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.

9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the LORD ?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

So, you are, by praying “give me this day my daily bread”, actually praying “give me just what I need today Lord, neither too much nor too little”. Think on the manna from heaven – there was only enough for the day. All the needs were provided, just for the day. In that way trust from man to his Creator was built, and the human desire to hoard out of fear was abrogated.

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6 Responses to Give me neither poverty nor riches

  1. mcalmond says:

    I prayed this verse for years and years, maybe it is time that I pray it more and more.

    Thank you for the reminder!

    Blessings in Christ Jesus!

  2. Peter says:

    You’re welcome πŸ™‚

  3. Susan says:

    I have prayed this as well. The Lord’s prayer becomes a very personal prayer for me, based on and expanded from the traditional. As Jesus said, pray in this manner or something quite like that.
    The brain and spirit are tired tonight.
    This is a simple but profound thought you brings Peter. Thank you.

    Blessing to you always,

    Susan

  4. PETER BIRD says:

    Many thanks for your insight. It helps to know both what I should expect and where it has previously been fulfilled.

    Yours in Christ,

    Peter and Anne-Marie Bird

  5. Peter says:

    You’re welcome Susan πŸ™‚

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting Peter, nice to see you here!

  6. Peter says:

    Oh, and sorry for taking a while to get back to you both – an attack of a) bloggers block and b) real life!

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