"What things ye have need of"

In his memorable Sermon on the Mount, Christ Jesus pointed out the folly of looking to material things as of primary importance; of using "vain repetitions"; of praying where one could be seen of men. Then he assured his hearers, "Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him."

Sometimes the question may logically arise, Just what is it that we need? To one suffering from pain, disease, deformity, or some other bodily inharmony, the need appears to be wholly for the alleviation of the physical difficulty. Any means that offer such alleviation might be considered justifiable. Likewise, it might seem natural to one suffering from an insufficiency of funds, business depression, or economic maladjustments of any kind, that the acquisition of large possessions would correct the difficulty; and to one who is lonesome and unhappy that companionship and material pleasures might offer surcease and provide for the need. But always the basic requirement is for a change of thinking.

The Art of Awareness
August 12, 1944

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