Part 2 – Could it be that We are Doing it Wrong?

By Patrick Hawthorne

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A couple of days ago, I posted an article entitled, “Could it be that We are Doing it Wrong?”  To my amazement, no tomatoes or other fruits were whizzed past my head.  I did, however, receive some interesting comments that were not argumentative but were simply asking questions and giving general comments.  One such comment, from a respected blogger friend, is the reason for Part 2 of “Could it be that We are Doing it Wrong?”

For those who may have not read Part 1, (https://servinggrace.com/2016/09/07/could-it-be-that-we-are-doing-it-wrong/ ), my point is that I believe one reason we are not seeing the same manifested power of God in this modern day Church era as was seen in the early Church is that we are praying in certain areas when we should be commanding.  In other words, we are praying, “God please do,” when God, through Lord Jesus has already done.

In a portion of the comment, my blogger friend wrote,  “Whether we command, pray, lay hands, anoint with oil, call the elders (and any others I missed) we have to do it believing that God will heal, will deliver, will restore, will raise – will do what He has promised.”  My friend unknowingly addressed the very core of this issue.  “…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 as promised.  The problem is that we are not doing our part, which is the receiving of that promise.  Let me use this example that I used with my friend.

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

Them:  “Our dear so-and-so, please cook us dinner.”
You:     “I already cooked dinner. Here it is.”
Them:   “Oh dear so-and-so, please cook us dinner.”
You:      “It’s done…eat, enjoy.”
Them:   “Oh so-and-so, we are going to storm the gates of this kitchen till we receive your                  dinner.”
You:      “Hey! Dinners done… Quit asking me to do something I’ve already done.”

That is a ridiculous example, but that is exactly what we are doing with Jesus. We are asking Him to do things He has already done as was promised. Look at the following verse.

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)

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; not pray for God to keep a promise that has already been kept.

Prayer is so much more than asking for something. In the example I used in Part 1, I had some pretty severe pain in the knuckles of my left hand.  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 (prayed) 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.  Basically, I was saying, “Lord, You already did the healing.  I receive that healing.”  I was not denying that my hand was experiencing pain and stiffness but was denying the right for the pain and stiffness to remain in my hand in the name of Jesus.

To emphasize that we are already practicing speaking to the situation, we would never tell a person to storm the gates of heaven pleading for eternal salvation.  No, we would tell them what the Word says, “Confess (speak) with your mouth the Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and you will receive eternal salvation.”  Prayers of thanksgiving should follow the confession but the initial confession involves them speaking to that mountain of separation that kept them from God to be removed.

Be blessed.

 

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10 comments on “Part 2 – Could it be that We are Doing it Wrong?
  1. usarmymsg says:

    Again, my son. Very, very good. However we must take it one further. “You must believe what you say!”

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  2. Mel Wild says:

    Amen. In 1 Peter 2:24 Peter said Jesus saved us and healed us on the cross. On healing, quoting Isaiah 53 but instead saying, “by His stripes you WERE healed.” All our sins were forgiven and we were healed 2,000 years ago. It’s all appropriated exactly the same way, by faith in the historical facts. We can have confidence because He has already done it! We’re simply agreeing with God.

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  3. Israel Ashworth says:

    Patrick I have spoke my pains out as well and really told God hey you promised all I have to do is ask so ok I’m asking I want this gone tell the devil to release me from this pain. I did this several hours one night after dealing with back pain for 3days and sleepless nights found myself waking up the next morning feeling refreshed and no pain. Commanding it gone and telling the devil he has no authority over me was key.all in Jesus name. Yes we have to believe it or it won’t happen. This was a couple of months ago. But this is my tone because we have authority over what happens in our life. Yes thanking and praising God for it even before its done is Faith. Great post.

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  4. Thanks Israel. You made and interesting point about the manifestation not always happening instantly. God does not lie, nor does His Word. If I’m not seeing results I need to look within myself to see what the problem is.

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  5. Not a criticism, but an observation. When reading, this post reminded me of Betsy Burnham’s excellent book, When Your Friend Is Dying. Some of her friends tried prayer-commands, and they thought it worked for a while. When the cancer returned some of those friends challenged her as a phony. It was an added burden for her after pouring out her heart in prayer to be told that she was doing it wrong. But one friend remained to the end, becoming an answer to a different prayer. I’m not saying that the above is what you were doing, more like offering it as an idea of why more people don’t try prayer-command.

    And I thought your example of the dinner dimwits was excellent.

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    • I truly appreciate the comment and I understand right where you are coming from. I will be the first to state that I don’t have all the answers. Also, I have seen God loving, God fearing people suffer from disease and some die. However, what I do know is that God does not lie and his Word does not fail. I also believe that a lot of times we bring on our problems by saying things we know are contrary to God’s Word (That scared me to death), eat things we know are killing us (fast food five times a week), and do things that we know will harm us (handling pesticides without proper protection.) Those are just examples but there are many more. By the way, I love the “Dinner dimwits.” 🙂

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  6. You raise an interesting point about choice and environment. Most of us already are born into a world with residue of banned pesticides, residue from leaded gasoline still in the soil/water/air, and so forth. I’ve known people who never smoked who died of lung cancer, and I’ve seen smokers live into their 80s and die of something else.

    I think one of the questions about prayer-command is where it fits into the narrow band between God’s permissive will and God’s ultimate will. We know that God will give His faithful ones what is best for them — but that isn’t necessarily what they want, or even what they seem to need.

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    • Yes..and this is not an argument but His permissive will, will never involve sickness or disease. To say it does is to say that Jesus death had no meaning. Isaiah 53…1st Peter 2:24… Matthew chapter 8… are just examples of what Jesus did.

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