“Let it rain, let it rain”, we sing.
“Open the floodgates of Heaven!” [1]

The floodgate of prayer is opening!

In the midst of hardship—in the midst of the trial—even in the midst of restrictions—is a window of opportunity.

Right now, receive faith and expectancy for answered prayer. 
Not only for what you have need of, but also some things you’ve been asking God about for a long time.
For the people He has laid on your heart.
Because He’s saying, “Come again! Pray again!”


The Floodgate

The Prophet Zechariah wrote, “Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain. The Lord will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain…” (Zechariah 10:1, NKJV)

In other words, he’s saying, when it’s time for the spring rains, pray for the downpour!

This scripture speaks of prayer acting as a floodgate. [2]

A floodgate, according to the dictionary, is:
* A gate that can be opened or closed to admit or exclude water, especially the lower gate of a lock
* A last restraint holding back an outpouring of something powerful or substantial [3]

It is a prophetic metaphor for the releasing power of prayer.

Whatever it is you are facing, whether personally, or even on a national level:
There is a tipping point!
And that tipping point is prayer. [4]

Prayer is a pivot: it turns resources held on your behalf, into resources released on your behalf.

Angels are being released!


4 Keys to Accelerated Answers to Prayer

Recently I’ve been meditating on the story of how Abraham sent his servant on an assignment, to find a wife for his son Isaac (Gen 24).

The faithful servant prayed for success, and God answered him quickly and powerfully. [5] It was a case of Divine acceleration!

Here are a four lessons this story teaches us, about the power of prayer:

1. Find Out What God is Doing Now

Abraham gave his servant an instruction. It was time to find a bride for his son Isaac—but not a local woman; she had to come from Abraham’s homeland.
It was a serious commission, bound by a vow.
And—it was a “now” word, because it was on God’s calendar!

Jesus said about the miracles He did,
“the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing’. (John 5:19)

God is always at work, doing something “now!” We can have insight into His diary and His due season—what it is His “Kairos” time to do.

Ask, “Father, what time is it? What are You up to?”
And listen for His answer.

You might hear him say,

  • I am releasing hope into that troubled situation
  • I am touching that hard heart
  • I am lining up an opportunity for you
  • I am opening up a financial provision
  • I am setting you free from that addiction or that painful memory
  • I am bringing an idea to your mind that is going to step your business forward
  • I am releasing favor to you from an unexpected source!

2. Make Prayer Your First Response

Once Abraham’s servant arrived at his destination, the first thing he did was pray. And it is a reminder:

Understanding what is on God’s calendar for “now” is powerful
But it’s only as we turn that insight into prayer, and take action, that God’s power is released.

The floodgate opens! The pieces fall into place.
God releases what He has already allocated for us, as we add our “yes and amen” (2 Cor 1:20).


3. See by Faith God’s Kingdom at Work

Abraham declared to his servant, “The Lord God of heaven… will send his angel before you” (Gen 24:7).

While Abraham was doing all he could to secure a bride for his son, he understood that it was God who was the architect and builder.

He was assured that the One he had a personal relationship with, was faithful.
God was bound by His covenant, to fulfil His promise.

You can know and declare this:

“My Father is in control. Heaven is my headquarters, and He is releasing His angels, to move on my behalf in this matter!”


4. Trust God for Divine Positioning

Once Abraham’s servant arrived in Mesopotamia, he stopped by the well outside of the city and prayed.

In that moment, he asked God for a Divine appointment.

In answer to his prayer, Rebekah arrived at the well, right on time.
She was the one chosen by God!
She was his answer to prayer.

The servant’s Divine positioning—being at the right place, at the right time—led to a Divine appointment.

You are chosen by God, and you can trust his Divine positioning for your life!

Pray and expect Him to be at work.
As Abraham’s servant did, open your eyes and, you will see His answer.
Not only that, but you will realize that you are His answer.

It is time for the bride to be revealed.


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Which of the above four insights speaks most to you today? I’d love to hear from you.
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Notes:
[1] “Let it rain”. Written by Michael Farren
[2] The word about a Floodgate is based on a message spoken by me to LifeGate Church, Melbourne on 16th August 2020, “There’s a Floodgate over LifeGate”. The theme is carried from previous blog posts, referenced below.
[2] Floodgate definition: Google search 25th September 2020
[3] Matt 6:10, Ps 103:20
[4] See Gen 15:2 – “Eliezer” means “God is help” or “God of help”. Strong’s H461.


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30 thoughts on “Floodgate: 4 Keys to Accelerated Answers to Prayer”

  1. I love the last line, “you are His answer.” We just step into the right place and position He has for us, after preparing in prayer. Wow. He is such a kind and a good God. We all have a seat at His table.

  2. Wow! I received this word from God this afternoon and I am so grateful for the confirmation from your blog.
    Your weekly emails have been a tremendous blessing to me.
    God bless you!

  3. God is always at work, doing something “now!” This is so comforting and encouraging in our time of waiting for God’s provision.

    We can have insight into His diary and His due season—what it is His “Kairos” time to do.
    I so want to grow in this insight!

    1. I do too, Gaye! it’s like a lot of prophetic can be focused on the future realm. But it’s in the “now” words from God, the fresh instructions, that miracles break forth.
      Its how most of the major breakthroughs and miracles happened in the Bible!
      I believe that as prophetic people and prophets, if we are going to grow in spiritual authority then listening for those “now” instructions is vital. 🙂

  4. Dear Sister Helen,
    I have been incessantly praying for relocating my family from our current place of residence to another location by selling off our present apartment – that Lord Himself may send me a person who will offer the best price for our property. In fact, I was little impatient that to see it materializing so soon. I guess God was speaking through you assuring me that He is busy in bringing every pieces in perfect unison. Thank you Sister for taking time to write down these words for us. Our dear Abba Father may pour out His best blessings over you and your ministry.

    1. Hi Benny, I’m praying with you right now for the facilitation and favor to be brought together for the sale of your apartment. Thank you Father for revealing the right person at the right time, who sees the value and has funds in hand. We say, “Let it spring forth!” In Jesus Name.

  5. 3 and 4 speak to me i is a on time work. I,m fifty years old and seeking for a husband. I am tired of being alone pray for me. thankyou

  6. Hi 3 & 4 speaks to me am 60 years old and looking for a job to put my daughter through college and I feel like my faith is low I’ve been praying but nothing yet and I can’t hear Gods voice maybe because
    am so caught up with so much on my mind I just can’t hear him speaking to me. Please keep me in prayer.
    Tanya

    1. Hi Tanya, I’m praying with you now! God is with you, and filling you with grace and courage. I pray you find that place of rest…not of inaction, but of trust. Knowing that He’s got this. That He is trustworthy and that you are being carried on his wings and He is faithful to direct you, in the busyness.

  7. Amen! Thank you for those blessed words. Yes, let it rain, Lord! In the mist of everything going on right now, I believe in an Almighty God whom is capable of changing any situation, no matter what. My husband and I have a special prayer before God. I ask that you help us pray. May God bless you and your love ones always…

    1. Hi Arlene, yes I’m praying now for you both! Father God, Papa God, be all in all, in all, in this situation. Show Your mighty hand, in Jesus Name

  8. Praise King Jesus Helen.
    I bless the Lord for you, your ministry and for sharing timely prophetic messages.
    I receive all Jesus is doing in the kairos time regarding my life, destiney, family, finances, ministry, education.
    I receive more grace to pray so that God releases what He has already allocated for me(2 Cor 1:20).
    I believe and know that Jesus is in control, Heaven is my headquarters, and He is releasing His angels, to move on my behalf in Jesus mighty name.
    I receive Jesus divine positioning for my life and his divine appointment in Jesus mighty name.

    God bless you, keep you and make his face shine upon you Woman of God.

  9. Praise God.
    Hello Helen. I am so grateful for this timely message. This is my 6th and last day in prayer and fasting for a financial breakthrough and new fresh anointment in the prophetic ministry.

    For a long time have been praying for a financial breakthrough but not receiving it. But this morning after like 5 minutes from prayer your message pops on my phone. O my God, I see and believe right away that God has answered my prayer. Key #1 has impacted me seriously. ” Find out what is doing”. I think this is a strong key to get to know how God operates.
    God bless.

    1. I love the ways of God! Sometimes He makes His “now” word evident, and then there are other times when he takes us on his treasure hunt. He leaves clues for us to follow, sometimes these are “breadcrumbs” of revelation! He loves us to seek after Him and He loves that you have been doing so! He will make His way clear

      1. Thank you for sharing this word. God is a good good Father. I recently had a dream where I received prayer from a group of people afer they prayed, I heard this song “Nothing to Lose, but All to gain” In my spirit, then those who prayed for me started to sing the song over me. The encounter left me with an excitement and expectation in my spirit that this is the “Now,” due season for some things that I have been praying for.

  10. Father, what time is it? What are You up to?” – need to see, hear and understand; this season of prolonged trial is challenging as we wait for every point listed in the 1st Key. Holding on by faith in obedience as Jesus (Phil2:8, Mk 14:46) and Heb 12:2 persevering in hope of His deliverance and blessings to come.

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