Have you ever had one of those prayers that you prayed with regular consistency. It’s a request coming from a heart that says, “O God if you would just answer this prayer before I die, I will die a happy man.” It’s passion turned into persistent prayer. I’ve had seasons where a passion was turned into persistent prayer. This morning I ran across a prayer like this in Proverbs. Francis Chan mentioned it in a blog post. It’s a prayer found in Proverbs 30:7-9. Here it is…
7 O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die. 8 First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. 9 For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.”
Wow. I wonder how often that prayer is prayed from American lips? God — two things, just two things — if you would answer these two prayers before I die, I would die a happy man. God give me character and contentment. God let me be a truth-teller and don’t let money motivate my actions. God give me integrity and just enough money to satisfy my needs. Character and Contentment.
I think I pursue the character part with a measure of passion. I don’t think I pursue contentment with enough passion. I wonder how it might change my life if that prayer became my passion?