Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Book Review - The Prayer of Agur


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.


Jay Payleitner is one of the top freelance producers for Christian radio, having worked on Josh McDowell Radio, Today's Father, Jesus Freaks Radio, and Project Angel Tree with Chuck Colson.

Jay is a long-time affiliate with the National Center for Fathering and Iron Sharpens Iron.  He speaks at men's retreats, marriage weekends, writers' conferences, and weekend services. Jay has sold more than half million books including the bestselling 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad, The Prayer of Agur, and What If God Wrote Your Bucket List? His books have been translated into at least ten languages. And he has been a guest multiple times on The Harvest Show, Moody Radio, Cornerstone TV, and Focus on the Family.

Jay and his high school sweetheart, Rita, live in the Chicago area where they raised five great kids, loved on ten foster babies, and are cherishing grandparenthood.


This lovely little book is packed full of nuggets of wisdom from the prayer of Agur.  You, like me, not initially know who Agur is. He wrote the beautiful Scripture of Proverbs 30 that is a prayer of God giving him the right amount to live his life properly. Jay calls this the "sweet spot" of living in contentment.

I highlighted this book extensively and even took notes as I read through it.  There were so many wise thoughts that I didn't want to forget!

Proverbs is a book of wisdom for our life, but Agur's prayer really gives us in a nutshell what the secret to contentment is.  Not to have too much or too little. To keep our eyes on the Lord and live our according to His will.

I really loved how Jay emphasized that the Lord has given us each a gift. He tells us that God wants us to do the things that come easily. These things are our gifts and we should be doing those things to praise and worship the Lord.  I found this to be such a relief! My calling shouldn't be difficult or confusing.  God made it easy! Do what you love and what you're good at!

This book really opened my eyes to the secret of contentment.  I absolutely love this book and will definitely be re-reading it over and over again.  It's very grounding and very inspiring at the same time! I highly recommend it and give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by the author.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. When you click on my Amazon link, I will earn a small fee on this item or anything else you purchase while clicked in on this link. It costs you nothing extra. I appreciate your support for my blog, More Of Him.

Blessings - Julie

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please leave me a message! I love hearing what you have to say and look forward to your comments.