Part 3 – Could it be that We are Doing it Wrong?

By Patrick Hawthorne


This morning I did a really, really dumb thing.  Well…let’s start at the beginning.  I am usually a morning person.  I hop out of bed with a spring in my step.  The crickets are chirping and the birds are singing…ok, it’s 5:20 in the morning, so birds are still asleep.  Anyway, I like mornings.  One of the first things I do is tell the Lord, “Good morning Father, good morning Jesus, and good morning Holy Spirit.”

This morning I woke up rough.  I mean, the cobwebs were still being spun by those pesky dream spiders.  As I hooked little Odie up to take him out for his morning constitutional, I half-heartedly said, “Good morning Father, good morning Jesus, and good morning Holy Spirit.”  Then, instead of praising God for the wonderful day, I said, “Wow Lord!  I feel like I’ve been run over by a truck this morning.  My head is in a fog and I can’t think straight…”  Suddenly, I stopped.

“What are you doing?” I asked myself.  “Are you belly-aching to the Lord about your miseries?  Are you praying or complaining? How on earth is Jesus supposed to be the mediator of that garbage?”

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus…(1 Tim 2:5)

In my younger days, I attended a church that was rather – how do I say this nicely – religious.  One of the songs they sang was the very anointed – insert cough – “I’ll be Up Again.”  Part of the lyrics, as I recall, is “Down on the bottom, all my hope is gone.  Down on the bottom, I just can’t go on.  Enemies surrounding me, laughing at my calamities…”  Eventually the song breaks into the chorus.  “I’ll be up again, just you wait and see.  Hard times won’t keep me down, they’ll just drive me to my knees.”  Now, here comes the part that brings so much glory to God, “And there while in prayer, God will give me the victory song, and I’ll be up again where I belong.”

Some of you may be reading this and think, “Praise God!  That seems so anointed.”  I hate to break it to you but there is absolutely nothing anointed about that song.  It is nothing but doubt and unbelief.  It is no different than the nonsense I was praying this morning.  On top of that, Jesus already gave us the victory.  We just have to walk in it.

We love to proclaim that Jesus is the Mediator between God and man, but my question is, “Just what are we trying to get Him to mediate?”  Should Jesus go before the Father and say, “Wow!  It is really a bad day for Patrick.  I know he is supposed to stand on faith but how about we let him slack off a bit today?”  Sorry, it doesn’t work that way.

This morning I stopped my doubt prayer in mid-stream and said, “Lord, I apologize.  You don’t need me to give You my list of gripes and complaints.  How about this…Lord, I thank You for this day.  It is the day You have made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.  As for the cloudiness in thought, I thank You that I have the mind of Christ.  Because of You abiding in me, I am ready to face the day with clarity of thought.”

After a minute of praying in faith, the cloudiness in my brain disappeared.  Suddenly I was waiting for the birds to awake so I could hear their chirping.  Jesus knows your problems.  There is no need to tell Him your laundry lists of complaints.  How about instead of rehearsing the problems with Him, you rehearse the solution according to His Word.  Be blessed.

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18 comments on “Part 3 – Could it be that We are Doing it Wrong?
  1. usarmymsg says:

    Very well said my son



  2. Wally Fry says:

    You know…this I can relate to, as I have changed my thinking about my daily routine.

    First, I am also a morning person, but age and the deterioration of my body is beginning to affect me quite a bit.

    Add this to the fact that what I do for a living is pretty much done by guys substantially younger than me. At 54 I am for sure on the older end of the scale for my particular profession.

    Yet, performing at or above the level of others I work with is very important to me, and I suspect is important to The Lord.

    I used to get up and ask God, to just give me the strength to just do a day’s work, which frankly is pretty pathetic

    I became reconciled some years ago that God put me in this job for a reason, and that reason being that for the most part I work with heathens. I don’t mean that bad, it is just fact. So, I know He wants me to do a good job so that I might share my faith as an equal with these other men.

    Anyway, a while back I changed my approach, and it has made a difference I think. Instead of pathetically praying for just enough energy to earn my pay I ask God to come through on his part here. As put me here for your reason, now let’s show these guys what you are really made of. He has promised to always give us the strength to perform the work He gives us, and I remind Him of that fairly often.

    Just my two cents

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  3. Israel Ashworth says:

    Jesus can’t call us out of the boat if all we can say is watch out for the waves when are they going to stop.
    Because, we are focused on ourselves and not him. Great post.


  4. Thank you sir…The Lord is really speaking to me (through others) about prayer adjustments on my part.


  5. SLIMJIM says:

    Patrick I think you have a point there. Sometimes we need to stop and actually realize the position we are already in Christ…


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