Something is wrong with my millis() timer

I have the following code segment:

int lastTime;
if ((millis() - lastTime) > 5000) {
    lastTime = millis();

For some reason the timer waits only once for the 5000 ms. After the first time, the function inside the if condition is executed with every program cycle.
I don't know what I'm doing wrong?

Any help would be much appreciated!

Edit: added code tags

Should be "static unsigned long lastTime"

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Thank you for your help.
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