They wear the proper piece of clothing to the game; they cross their fingers at the right time or knock-on wood. They do the “sign of the cross” on their person, or repeat a verse over and over, a mantra meant to ward off evil or invoke the pleasure of the Lord.
Superstitious people are fools, as much as those who adhere to astrological signs in the stars.
Romanism is very adept and well versed in superstitious nonsense, it is one of the main factors they employ to keep those who attend to their ideology in bondage. How many people do you personally know that call themselves by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that are just as deceived by this nonsense, this idea that a certain prayer at a certain time will invoke the protection of the Lord upon them, that treat their relationship with the Most High God as a supplicant desiring Him to do something for them because they did something for Him?
You went to church last Sunday, so God will bless you, you attended the after meeting social gathering, even bringing some form of food yourself, so the Lord will give you something. You said the right prayer at the right time, and so now you are in the good graces of the Lord. Do not laugh at this, the majority of people in Evangelical churches are not saved, by all estimates it is around seventy percent, and so these mantras, these well-worn superstitious events are quite common with them. “If I do this, then God will do that.”
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor. 6:20)
If you will apply yourself here, contemplate these truths and do the research, you will find that not only those in what is very loosely considered Evangelical circles, not only in Romanism and other works-based religious organizations, but also in astrology, signs and wonders, charismatic circles, and all other superstitious arenas, all have one thing in common, the desires of the flesh. They want something from this world that will allow them greater fortunes, the accumulation of more or better things, health, happiness, their own welfare is the center that they are concerned with, anything, at least for those who profess the Lord with their lips, but 2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
Do this, perform that ritual, say the magic words and the bad things will be held at bay.
“Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.” (Acts 19:19)
Would you walk in the dark of night in the same places you normally walk in the light of day with the same confidence in the Almighty? Is that cross you wear going to protect you from harm? The magic incantations you call prayers, do you believe the Most High even hears them? If your faith is not in Jesus Christ, no matter the circumstances or the possible consequences to yourself, what is it in? If you cannot say, “Thy will be done” and give no thought for your health, welfare or well-being, then what purpose do you serve for the glory of God?
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
Count your beads if you want to, say that same prayer over and over, keep believing that if you perform the ritual that God will honor your request, believe in the magic genie who gives when we give if you want to. Or you can sit on that dunghill and say, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” (Job 13:15)
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:27) He is not hearing yours if you are the person this short, poorly written letter is speaking of, that I can guarantee.