Far from it and heading the opposite direction. It is given as the means to flesh out the command to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness”.
Yeshua did not die with the burden of the sin of the whole world on His shoulders to give us a way to blend His righteousness, which He gives us, with our culture or our social environment or our own career choices. Blending, mixing, incorporating are not terms for the disciple and never come out of the King’s mouth. But you will find Him giving lots of woes to those who do.
One is the command for His Chosen Ones (Matthew 6:5-13); the other is the way for a Chosen One to obey the command (Matthew 6:24-34), to set the right priorities for every hand-made day they are given. It is a daily focusing on the eternal and fits one for exclusive use of the King.
The “Disciples’ Prayer”, as it should be called, sweeps every other enterprise off the table and prepares Judgment Day against those who think they can make a nice mix of secular and sacred. Many will try that (Matthew 7:21-23). It doesn't look good.
Apart from the impact of the words themselves, even the structure of the prayer belays the importance of what is spoken by the Lord. It is a triad of triads, meaning that it is a full, comprehensive disclosure of eternal truth exclusively for those who have ears to hear.
Another example of this would be the list of the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5. It is a list of 9 fruits the Spirit bears in the fertile soil of an obedient, sanctified life. It is a triad of triads as well and is a signature mark by the Spirit that what He has just spoken is a full meal, complete and inclusive and binding. All He says is that, but a triad of truth is a summary for the simple. That’s me.
One ignores any word from the Holy One at his peril. But He is the Master Hymn-Writer and He speaks from eternity with symphonic beauty that which resonates with our core for we are made in His image. Sometimes, it even bleeds through the translations, it is so powerful and intentional.
See January the 4th blog entry for details about triads.
In other news, Mom is receiving wonderful care at a local nursing facility and Brenda is right there with her, every day, 95% of the time. What a gift she is. Pray for Mom’s clarity of thought and her trust in the Sovereign One. May she recall with joy the promises and the past faithfulness of her God.
Also want to announce the release of a book I wrote called “Seven Signs He’s Just A Nice Christian Boy”. It’s available at Amazon and B&N electronically and in paper as well. It’s a help for fathers when a young man comes calling for their daughters. You don’t want a “nice, Christian boy” in your family. Read why in 120 pages.