Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).
A few years ago we dedicated ourselves to moving our vision forward by prayer—learning how to pray daring, world-changing prayers that ask the Lord to do what we know we could never do.
We call them Breakthrough Prayers.
Those Christians and churches experiencing God’s grace in extraordinary ways know the power of prayer.
Every prayer ever uttered by a child of God is an exercise of grace. If He did not love us in grace our prayers would fail. But there are those who want more. For these, there is the option of breakthrough prayer.
Many have asked me, “What makes a breakthrough prayer different from other prayers?
4 Keys to Breakthrough Prayers
Our Breakthrough Prayers here at Church of the Open Door are different in four ways:
- Breakthrough Prayers are our collective community prayers—we pray these together.
- Breakthrough Prayers are specific—we ask God to take us beyond a precise ministry threshold our leaders feel God wants us to reach in His time and in His way.
- Breakthrough prayers are persistent—we keep on asking, every day, all the time, throughout the year.
- Breakthrough prayers involve fasting—those who are able fast and pray together during the year asking God for His answer.
What Breakthrough Prayers are and Are Not
Since breakthrough prayers often involve numbers, it’s important to communicate what breakthrough prayers are not about, but what they are about:
- Breakthrough prayers are not about the numbers but His gracious answer to our request.
- Breakthrough prayers are not about the numbers but His glory when He answers in specific ways.
- Breakthrough prayers are not about the numbers but His delight in relating with us through prayer.
We have learned to pray these bold, breakthrough prayers as we have rejoiced in His specific and gracious answers. May it never be said that we have not because we ask not.
Only God knows the ministries we could launch, the missionaries we could send, the souls we could reach, and the blessings we could receive…if only we would ask. The Great Commission—our Build to Send mandate—is an incredible privilege and an impossible task.
Think of it, God grants to human beings the opportunity to do what is humanly impossible!
Because of this, we have already agreed upon an overarching principle to guide our prayers for eternal significance:
If we will do the possible, God will do the impossible!
If we can grasp this truth, we will have no trouble praying these bold prayers. Those Christians and churches experiencing God’s grace in extraordinary ways know the power of prayer. Every prayer ever uttered by a child of God is an exercise of grace. If He did not love us in grace our prayers would fail. But there are those who want more, who want breakthroughs, there is the option of breakthrough prayer.
Breakthrough prayers are Persistent prayers focused by fasting.
When you are asking God for spiritual breakthroughs you need powerful prayers fueled by grace—persistent and focused. It’s a daring petition that God loves to answer and that He is waiting for us to pray.
I. Grace works in persistent prayer! Spiritual breakthroughs come to those who persevere before the throne of grace in faith!
A. The Lord Jesus encourages His people to keep on praying, and praying…and praying!
1. His teaching: Keep on asking, seeking and knocking because your Heavenly Father knows how to answer you prayers with loving precision (Luke 11:9-13).
2. His illustrations: Never allow your heart to doubt that God is listening. He responds to shameless boldness (A friend comes at midnight—Luke 11:5-8) and is sensitive to continual requests (The persistent widow—Luke 18:1-8).
B. Though spiritual breakthroughs come suddenly they never come quickly!
1. When a “new king,” who did not know Joseph, enslaved the Israelites in 1730 BC (Exodus 1:8), God’s people cried out in desperate sorrow for over 250 years!
2. When God moved suddenly through the calling of Moses and the miraculous events of the Exodus it was in response to their bold and persistent prayers (Exodus 3:7).
II. Grace works in prayer focused by fasting! Spiritual breakthroughs come to those who deny themselves for the spiritual purpose of concentrating their time before the throne of grace!
A. The Lord Jesus encourages His people to fast!
1. Though the Lord did not command fasting, He did seem to expect it (Matthew 6:2, 5, 16: when you give (2), pray (5), and verse 16— fast…).
2. Though the Lord rebuked those who fasted to impress men or God (Matthew 6:16-18), He did teach it as a means to multiply spiritual consequences (Matthew 17:19-21).
B. Though spiritual breakthroughs come miraculously they never come easily!
1. The church at Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas to Cyprus, then to the cities of Galatia in Asia Minor where God had opened doors for them to reach the Gentiles with the Gospel (Acts 14:26-27).
2. The entire trip, this first missionary journey, was accompanied by prayer and fasting (Acts 13:3, 14:23).
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