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The Prayer of Agur

Ancient Wisdom for Discovering Your Sweet Spot in Life

Balance and contentment are in short supply in today’s culture. So how should we respond?

You need to meet Agur. His short, heartfelt prayer — the only prayer in all of Proverbs — just might rescue you from the extremes of our hectic times.

“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.”
Proverbs 30:8

Notice. This quirky, little-known prophet doesn’t ask for more than he needs or less than he needs. But only his daily bread. (He goes on to explain why that’s important.)

Imagine finding new purpose and contentment in your work, personal ministry, and relationships. Open your heart to Agur’s wit and wisdom, and you can learn to

• escape imbalance
• overcome fear of failure and eliminate envy
• joyfully pursue your passions
• reap the eternal rewards of trusting God
• find your personal sweet spot

In our modern, busy lives, embracing balance leads us away from bad decision-making and the emotional cost of trying to do too much or survive with too little.

This engaging and practical book faithfully unpacks Agur’s humble prayer. Read it in an evening. Affirm it for a lifetime. Share it with those you love.



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Praise for The Prayer of Agur

  • "In Proverbs 30, Agur invites you to pray a simple prayer that will help you find your sweet spot in life. Thanks to Jay Payleitner for uncovering and unpacking this marvelous gem. Don’t miss it."

    - Josh McDowell, author of More Than a Carpenter and Evidence That Demands a Verdict
  • "In a world that calls us to the extremes of overabundance or minimalism, The Prayer of Agur leads us to a life of rested contentedness. Jay takes profound biblical wisdom and makes it accessible for normal people in everyday life. It is possible to find that God-ordained sweet spot, and Jay’s treatment of Agur’s prayer will show you how."

    - Jeff Vanderstelt, lead teaching pastor at Doxa Church and author of Gospel Fluency
  • "In his warm and familiar manner, Jay uses the Prayer of Agur to teach us the way to contentment. He genuinely addresses our push and pull against life’s extremes and defines the path to balance. It’s as though Jay’s wisdom gleaned from this prayer gives us spiritual permission to be human and embrace the struggle, knowing it’s normal, it’s healthy, and it keeps us connected to the protection, direction, and provision of God as we lean into Him. This book is and will be a pivotal point in our walk with Christ now and for years to come."

    - Mary Ethel Eckard, cofounder of Dragonfly Ministries and author of Lessons of a Dragonfly
  • "Every verse of God’s Word applies to our lives. But I must say, Agur’s brief prayer in Proverbs 30 seems to have special significance to this generation. Thanks, Jay, for reminding us that we can live in God’s will and it’s a sweet place to be!"

    - Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The New One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus


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