Breakthrough! It speaks of overcoming an obstacle that is in our way—or of prevailing over a need, a restriction or an opposing enemy. Breakthrough can also mean an achievement or discovery that leads to significant progress. [1]

When we need a breakthrough in our lives or ministry, we turn to prayer. But what kind of prayer will it take?
The Bible teaches us keys to prayer through the stories of  real people who prayed and how God answered them.

6 Biblical Keys to Breakthrough Prayer

1.  Seek God’s Agenda First

‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.’ (1 John 5:14-15)

Daniel was a godly man who read the scriptures—including the prophecies of Jeremiah. He recognised that Jeremiah prophesied about the times that Daniel was now living in and began to seek God for the answers. He knew it was time to birth that prophecy in prayer.

We need to know that we are praying God’s purpose for our lives. This means firstly praying according to God’s revealed will in the Scripture. Upon that foundation, we can also seek an intimate relationship with Father God in which we can hear His purpose for our lives and situation—and pray out of that. [2]

2. Don’t Settle for Second Best

Hannah was childless, and it grieved her. Wanting to reassure her, Hannah’s husband offered his love and personal gifts, thinking these could please her. But Hannah would only be satisfied with one thing—a baby. As a result of Hannah’s prayer, a future prophet and priest was born. Samuel would bring the nation back to God. (1 Sam 1)

When God has placed something on our hearts, then like Hannah we will be tempted to settle for the ‘status quo’ or second best. But that is the very time to passionately press in to God for the answer.

3. Pray from the Heart

Hannah cried a wordless prayer of deep groaning—and God answered it. (1 Sam 1:12-16, Rom 8:26-27)) Nehemiah shot up a prayer whilst he was going about his daily occupation. (Neh 2:1-5) These seemingly simple prayers, carried from the heart, changed nations.

There are no right and wrong ways to pray. Just real prayers.

It’s time to put aside formulas, and not to be intimidated by someone else’s style and eloquence. The prayers that God answers are real prayers from the heart, regardless of time, place or technique.

4. Pray with Praise and Thanksgiving

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Phil 4:6)

Paul and Silas were in a difficult situation. God called them to evangelise a city, but they were stuck in a dungeon, held in stocks. As they prayed in the night and offered up hymns of praise, God sent an earthquake to open the prison doors. (Acts 16:22-29)

When used in addition to prayer, praise is a powerful cutting-edge weapon for breakthrough. (Ps 149:6-9)

5. Don’t Give Up

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (Luke 18:1)

Daniel prayed and fasted for 21 days before an answer came. An angel appeared who had been battling in the heavenlies for the entire time Daniel had been in prayer. Daniel’s persistent prayers provided fuel for what God was doing on his behalf. (Dan 10)

Prayer is not a single event, but a process. Whilst continuing in prayer, we are partnering with God as Heaven’s resources, including angels, are being released that are working towards God’s answer.
Don’t give up too soon!

6. Find Others who will Agree with You

Jesus said, “…if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matt 18:19-20)

Esther is known as a woman whose courage saved a nation. However, prior to approaching the King, Esther called on Mordecai, all the Jews of the city, and her own attendants, to fast before God for 3 days. Esther knew that the real power lay in God answering the prayer of those who had joined her in the fast. (Esther 4:16)

When in need of a breakthrough, find others who will join you in prayer, because there is multiplied power in agreement.



[2] For issues of guidance, see Personal Guidance for the Important Decisions of Life

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Need a Breakthrough? Uncover the Mysteries of Heaven

Release the Resources of Heaven Through Prayer

Your Prophetic Word and Spiritual Warfare

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137 thoughts on “6 Keys for Breakthrough Prayer in Times of Need”

  1. Hi Helen,
    Thank you for this encouraging word!
    Last weekend I heard David speak at my church and was amazed at how his message ministered to me personally.

    Could I make a request for prayer?

    For seven years my husband and I have really struggled with issues with our house. We live next to a block of units which have caused a lot of problems for us with loud music and anti social behaviour in our quiet street. We would love to be able to move but this will not be financially possible for us for a while.

    I have prayed daily for seven years for a breakthrough in our situation. We have seen small victories along the way but not the total breakthrough that we need. Last year a friend prophesied that the ‘dark clouds’ that she saw over our home would disappear and that we soon would enter a season like ‘spring time’. I have also requested prayer at church and those praying have also seen a dark cloud over us and prayed for it to leave. God has graciously given me various scriptures over the years promising a breakthrough but I have struggled to understand their meaning in our situation.

    Over the last few months things have gotten worse and we feel like we are just hanging in there and desperate to see God move.
    I understand that God has his timing and we have waited in expectation for years to see his will and promises come to pass in our situation. We would love prayer for this and value any insight you may receive that will guide us.


    1. Hi Belinda,
      I’m glad to hear David’s ministry was a blessing to you last week.
      We will certainly pray, I understand your neighbourhood situation must be a trial for you. May you be released… and may peace be established in the street, too.

  2. I need breakthrough in my personal relationships. There has been a lot of brokenness in my past starting from early life and I need God to redeem it all and bring me to whole, healthy relationship with other humans! Grateful that He IS my victory.

  3. Hi Sharon, believing with you for significant breakthroughs in this area. Love your testimony… in the process, He IS our victory.

  4. Thank you Helen. Believe me, I am not steadfast in that proclamation… there are some very dark, unfaithful days here. But even in that… He still is my victory! Just can’t get away from how constant His goodness is!

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