DAY 3: PRAY FOR CONTENTMENT IN EVERY SEASON – PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER
PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER
7 “Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: 8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me,  lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.”
- Contentment, noun : “A state of happiness and satisfaction.”
In the 30th chapter of the book of Proverbs we find a guest appearance from a man named Agur. Within this jam-packed chapter, Agur imparts much wisdom and motivation, but he also models for us a moving prayer. He asks the Lord for two things: To remove from him falsehood and lying, and to give him neither poverty nor riches… he then continues in the same context, petitioning the Lord to only give him the amount of food that is needful for him. Agur wanted to learn what the Apostle Paul called the secret of being content. (Phil. 4:11-13)
Within this two-part prayer, Agur demonstrates a heart of contentment. He revealed that he was more concerned with his integrity, rather than his bank account. He didn’t want to be tempted by financial greed, so he asked the Lord to give him just enough. He also didn’t want to be tempted to dishonor the Lord by stealing, so He requested that the Lord meet his every need. This is the heart posture the Lord calls us to. To be content with the blessings He has given us and to trust Him for any and all increase.
When we can confidently come to the Lord praying prayers of contentment, as Agur modeled in Proverbs 30, we will then be able to say with the David, the Psalmist: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)
Father, I come before You in Jesus name by the power of Your Holy Spirit, asking You to help me be content in every season of life. I know that apart from You I can do nothing, but with You, there’s nothing I can’t do. I ask that You give me just enough resources that I don’t look outside of You for my needs. Remind me daily that You are enough and that Your grace is sufficient for all of my weaknesses. I trust You today. In Jesus name, amen!
- Examine your life and identify areas you lack contentment in. It could be relationally, career wise, or financially. Whatever the area(s) may be, bring those items to the Lord in prayer.
- Read Philippians 4:11-13
- Ask those closest to you to identify specific area(s) in your life that you’re not content in
- Listen to the song: “I shall not want” by Elevation Worship and Maverick City.
- Run the third mile out of the total of 21.
- Do 12 sit-ups and 12 push-ups.