Praying Like a Pagan


Praying Like a Pagan

Do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:31-33).

Okay. I’m not proud of it, but I’ve spent plenty of time praying like a pagan. No, I don’t mean that as my wife beats a drum I dance around in a grass skirt whooping and hollering. I mean that my priorities in prayer are often like those of Gentiles, or the actual word is “heathen.”

Jesus said that the major worries of the heathen are food and shelter, what we might call the physical necessities of life. Without hope in God, they naturally focus on what they can have right now. The here-and-now leads only to worries, but seeking eternal things brings contentment. The priority of God’s people should be things eternal – God’s rule and righteousness.

A lot of people can’t see past the ends of their own noses, from things material and temporal to things over-yonder which are everlasting. Christ urged that we concentrate on our spiritual needs and leave the material provision up to Him.

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