Could it be That We are Doing it Wrong?

By Patrick Hawthorne

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If you have been reading my posts for any length of time, you are probably aware that I am on a quest to figure out why we, the modern day Church, are not walking in the power of the early Church.  In my thirst for knowledge, I believe I have discovered two key points.

Key Point #1:  We are too intellectual for our own good.  Let’s face it; in this time period in which we live, we have more knowledge than any other previous generation.  With all of our resources, we investigate, scrutinize, dissect, hash it out, rehash it, and then hash it once more for good measure.  We have become so knowledgeable that we no longer approach the Kingdom of God with childlike faith.  Now we approach the Kingdom with a legal pad in one hand and list of common rebuttals in the other.

Key Point #2:  We are doing it wrong. What are we doing wrong?  We are praying when we should be commanding.  Ok, here is the part where I will prepare to duck tomatoes thrown at my head.  Stick with me a moment before firing your missiles.

I have searched the Scriptures but do not recall seeing where Jesus ever prayed for the sick.  No, He healed the sick.  When He sent the twelve out, He gave them specific orders which were to preach the Gospel, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons.  (Matthew 10).  Later Jesus sent out the seventy.  As with the twelve, He instructed them to preach the Gospel and to heal the sick.  (Luke 10).

We get over into the Book of Acts and Peter and John are headed to the temple for prayer (Acts 3).  On their way inside the temple they come across a lame man from birth begging at the temple gate.  Expecting Peter and John to give him money, Peter looked at him and said, “Look at us…Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you:  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”  Notice that there was no praying involved, only commanding.  Peter and John were doing exactly what Jesus instructed them to do before His ascension as recorded in Mark 16.  This same instruction is for us as well.

To test my little theory, I had a chat with the Lord.  I said, “Ok Lord…I’m going to put this to the test.  As you are well aware, I have been praying over my left hand which has been hurting in the knuckles for over a month.  Well, praying just doesn’t seem to be getting the job done.  According to Your Word, as I understand it, I can command this pain to leave and it must obey.  Therefore, in the authority of the Name of Jesus, I command pain and stiffness to be gone.”

I am not going to tell you the pain left immediately.  However, after about an hour, I was doing some work in the yard and noticed my hand was not hurting near as bad as it was before.  Later on that evening, the pain was just about gone.   Now, all that remains is the memory of the pain and a slight twinge every now and then.  I am rebuking that as well.

I know this does not fly well in the eyes of the religious.  To be told that your old religious ways of doing things is not working is never an easy pill to swallow.  However, being as my hand doesn’t hurt anymore I’m going to begin to speak to those mountains, not pray to them.  Therefore, I will pray where I need to pray, but speak where I need to speak.

23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.(Mark 11:23-24)

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14 comments on “Could it be That We are Doing it Wrong?
  1. No tomatoes from me. I concur with Key Point #1 wholeheartedly. My question for Key Point #2 is how does the Gift of Healing enter into this discussion? In my understanding of His Word, He does not give that Spiritual Gift to all. Perhaps, He did give it to you and thus your example is valid. Irrespective, I like your exhortation to command versus to pray.

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    • Lol…I don’t believe that is a gift I regularly walk in. To be totally honest, I’m having to drop a lot of learned ideas as the Holy Spirit opens my eyes to things religion shut them to. In other words, I want to hold off comment for now because I may totally change my thoughts on it later.

      See the comment I gave to Jules. It is rather long, but it gets my point across better than the article.

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  2. Jules says:

    This is interesting as Wally says. However (lol maybe this was your point) I will point out that even in the scripture you quote it says “whatever things you ask when you pray, “. In Mark 16 Jesus just says “lay their hands on the sick to heal them” so do we need to speak at all?

    I think what we are doing wrong is not believing – that comes back to your first point. Whether we command, pray, lay hands, anoint with oil, call the elders or fast (and any others I miss) we have to do it believing that God will heal, will deliver, will restore, will raise – will do what He has promised.

    The Holy Spirit guided Jesus in what to do whether to spit and make a paste from mud, whether to touch, whether to speak or whether to just move on and shake off the dust. That same Holy Spirit lives in us so I suggest better, more attentive and obedient listening might be the first order of business so maybe Key Point #1 ought to be We don’t listen?

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    • Wally Fry says:

      Well it’s interesting to me Jules in that my thoughts in this area are still developing as Patrick knows

      Hence I have no additions to this but only another thing to study and reflect on

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    • Thanks Jules…You bring up some good points. (This is a long one my friend)

      As I wrote, “However, being as my hand doesn’t hurt anymore I’m going to begin to speak to those mountains, not pray to them. Therefore, I will pray where I need to pray, but speak where I need to speak.

      You made my point for me with what you wrote… “… we have to do it believing that God will heal, will deliver, will restore, will raise – will do what He has promised.”

      The fact of the matter is that Jesus DID heal (Isaiah 53; 1 Peter 2:24; Matt 8; etc), DID deliver 2 Cor 5:18), DID restore (Col 2:14), DID raise (Eph 2:6). We are asking Him to do something He has already done.

      When you cook dinner and you tell the family to come and get it, do they approach you…

      “Sweet Jules, please cook us dinner.”
      “I already cooked dinner. Here it is.”
      “Oh dear Jules, please cook us dinner.”
      “It’s done…eat, enjoy.”
      “Oh Jules, we are going to storm the gates of this kitchen till you cook us dinner.”
      “Hey! Dinners done… Quit asking me to do something I’ve already done.”

      That is ludicrous, but that is exactly what we are doing with Jesus. We are asking Him to do things already done. Yes, Jesus did say, when you pray. But before that He said, “Say.” In other words, we are to speak to those mountains, such as sickness, to be removed.

      Prayer, as I know you are well aware, is so much more than asking for something. In my case, I spoke over the pain in my hand and commanded the pain and stiffness to go in the name of Jesus. After that, I thanked the Lord for allowing me to use the authority of His name and for the power of the Holy Spirit at work in the manifestation of the healing that I knew by faith was done.

      To emphasize that you are already practicing speaking versus praying, I don’t believe you would ever instruct someone to first pray “if it be Your will,” as you lead them in the salvation message. No, most likely you would tell them to confess (speak) with their mouth and believe in their heart the Lord Jesus.

      Look at John 14:27…”Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

      Since discovering this verse, I no longer pray for peace. However, I thank the Lord (prayer) for His peace and I make the choice to walk in His peace that was freely provided. The same way, I make the choice to walk in His healing, His deliverance, His provision, etc… Matthew 10:8 (latter part) says, “Freely you have received, freely give.” This is after Jesus commanded them to heal, deliver, and cast out demons.

      I hope all that makes sense.

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  3. usarmymsg says:

    Very good! Very, very good my son. We’re you at Bible Study last Tuesday night?

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  4. Israel Ashworth says:

    Hey Patrick I love this topic I know for a fact the healing power was left to us. Jesus left us the Holy Spirit now to tap into that is the challenge. I truly believe it takes constant prayer and meditation and at times fasting. Jesus did so much for us before he got to the cross. Now what he did on the cross was huge praise God but it seems as if that’s all people seem to remember and no that’s not a bad thing. But Jesus has left us so much just waiting to be ask for.

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  5. Wonderful, thought-provoking post, Two ideas to really think about. Thanks for sharing.

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