6 Keys for Breakthrough Prayer in Times of Need

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.


[1] http://www.thefreedictionary.com/breakthrough

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

Related Posts:

Is it Time to Birth your Prophetic Word in Prayer?

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. Maakopi

    Good day,

    I would like to request a prayer, I need increment in my salary not for my own selfish reasons but to help bring forth the kingdom of God, also can you please pray with me for God to bless me my better half compatible companion. and also for wisdom.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello, Maakopi,
      Amen, as it says in 2 Cor 9:8
      ‘And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.’

  2. Luann Williams

    I’m seeking God for the Holy Spirit and to do the impossible in my life. I need my papers in the country I’m in, I haven’t apply but I know God will supply my needs. I’m being fervent in my praying and I’m not letting go till he bless me. I know who I’m in Christ and there’s no limitation on what God can do. That’s why I’m asking big and for the impossible and rebuking every doubt and disbelief that will try to cloud my mind. I know he can do exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask for or think. Thank you for praying with me and for me. I believe and will receive in Jesus name. God bless you and keep you.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Luann,
      God is faithful! Believing with you for your breakthrough, in Jesus’ Name

  3. obed Delali

    I would like to request a prayer, for God to help with a miracle to further my education to the tertiary level because i have a very poor family

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Obed, agreeing with you in prayer today.
      Psalm 37:4
      Take delight in the Lord,
      and he will give you the desires of your heart.

  4. phumlani

    hi, I would like you to pray with me and my family for the break through in this down fall situation, that God to release the blessing in our employment ,finances amen.

  5. Leanne Edwards

    I’d love prayer for direction and clarity also timing of what to do next job-wise and ministry-wise. Just need confirmation before I move out into it and timing confirmation. Plus, Gods Supernatural peace and ability to do with excellence what I feel I’m to do.
    Thanks heaps! Blessings to you. ?Leanne

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Leanne, great thoughts, I pray that you will experience the wisdom of the Spirit and confirmation in what lies ahead.

  6. Gloria Nkomo

    I need an employment breakthrough, l have sent my resumes to so many organisations, And my heart is at a financial institution called Nssa building society it’s still new and recruiting and they have informed me that they received my CV and if they will be in touch if there is a position, l want a Personal Assistant position of customer services but God knows the best job for me because l have experience in financial institution. Mark 11 v 24 say God gives us our desires and l want a breakthrough at Nssa building Society Amen

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Gloria, sounds great, believing with you for your employment breakthrough today!

  7. Antigha

    Hello, I pray to God that there will be an instant turn around in my finances, and my place of work, The Mirage Hotel will be fruitful and profitable once more :so that all debts owed, and unpaid salaries will be paid. I’m putting My petition before the Throne of Grace for Mercy believing that those people deliberately behind all the adversaries will be put to shame in Jesus Precious Name, Amen

  8. David

    I have a prayer request and a question. My question is: is there any thing called ancestral (or foundational) bondage and how do u handle it?
    My request is that God will give me insight into his word about spiritual warfare.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello David, agree with you in prayer, may you receive the wisdom and insight you need in this important area.
      Yes I do believe this can exist – not something I can go into at length here, except to say Jesus’ Name is powerful to break every bondage. Sometimes the Holy Spirit may lead in specific prayer of repentance, restoration, releasing forgiveness, recommitment. Also foundation of Scripture, ‘the truth sets us free’.
      I do recommend prayer ministry for this kind of thing, too:

  9. Carrie

    Hi Helen,
    I really believe that the Holy Spirit led me to your blog today. Thank you for all you are doing. Amazing Holy Spirit led teaching !!!
    I’m so excited to dig into your many articles!!
    Please join me in praying for salvation for my husband… ” Emile”. He is a brilliant and good man – but he needs to know how much our daddy God loves him.. And the truth –that Jesus is our Answer for everything – Always!!!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Carrie, thank you!
      I hear your heart! May God’s blessing rest powerfully on your marriage and husband, may the Spirit draw him to Jesus. May he have a personal revelation of Father’s love for him…a truth encounter! I say yes and amen with you!

  10. Jen

    Please I need your help to pray for me. I am seperated from my childs father as he had a drug addiction and was physically abusing me and threathening me and our 2 year old baby. He says he is clean now and has become a Christian but he and his family refuse to admit what he did. I live with my parents and they forbid me to have anything to do with him. He says he is getting his life on track but refuses to make things right with my family. When he was hitting me I went to his family for help and they turned their back on me as they knew about the drugs but I was the bad person. It seems as though he says all these things like he has changed and wants us to be a family but his actions say otherwise. How can a changed man live without his fiance and child and act like everything is fine. I love him but sense like he is the devil. I have gotten so close to the Lord and am so grateful but I feel like Im being flooded with confusion and doubt. My family will not forgive him I cannot go against my own parents but he is not even trying and begging them to forgive

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Jen, that is a tough situation, I do pray for you today, for strength to stand, and that you and others around you will have wisdom and discernment in this.

  11. Evelyn Mangole

    I need God to open my eyes and ears of understanding and know His purpose for my life to have spirit of descernment so that when I follow Him I won’t loose direction because right now I lost my job I want know what He is saying is He the who closed or the enemy if is God who closed it purposely then l need Him to show me the path to follow

  12. juan

    Thank you so much for your life Ma’am Helen you are a great blessing May the good Lord bless you indeed…Shalom!!

  13. shanique Lawrence

    Good day I would like some one to pray for me please in Jesus name life is becoming unbearable for me please pray for me in Jesus name thanks

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Shanique, praying for you right now, may you receive God’s Heavenly hope and supernatural strength, and the breakthrough that you need, in Jesus’ Name.

  14. Glorious

    please, I would like you to agree with me in prayer for healing against a chronic body odour disorder which has plagued me for years. I want God’s healing power in my life.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Glorious, believing with you for complete healing right now, in Jesus’ Name

  15. Veronicay

    Thank you for your obedience in writing this blog. It has truly blessed me. Please join me in prayer. I have to me a decision concerning a career choice. We are at a point in my household, where I believe God is trying to set somethings in order, and I do not want to get in the way by being double-minded. I don’t want to be doing something that is what I think is right,but it is not what God’s plan. However, I also don’t want to be hesitant ,due to operating in fear. Thanks so much- Veronica

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Veronicay, I join with you today in prayer for clarity, wisdom, faith and guidance. May you truly know the right way to go and step boldly into the future God has for you.

  16. Elemiike ideba

    In jesus name i believe in the world that jesus told his diciples that what so ever you will ask from GOd through his name that it will he will do it .and i also believe in his world in jeremiah 32:27 behold am the GOD of all fresh is they anything to hard for me to do? . I want you to join me in prayers that god will open my career breakthrough am a football

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Elemiike,
      I am praying for you today, that your hard work and vision will be rewarded and that you will receive the breakthrough God has for you

  17. prayer warrior

    Hello Helen, Thank you so much for this blog,
    Kindly share with me your email address, there is something I would like to share with you.
    Thank you

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi there,
      I don’t share my email address, but sometimes people who have subscribed to receive the blog by email hit ‘reply’ to my blog posts and I receive and answer these. Otherwise, I answer questions left on our Facebook page or these comments, as it helps others who are on the same journey. Hope that helps 🙂

  18. Suzzy

    Hi Helen, thank you for this message. I am believing God for a job by the end of this month, please pray a prayer of agreement with me. God bless you.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Suzzy, we have seen God provide jobs! Believing and praying with you for your breakthrough – a job and every need provided for, in Jesus’ Name

  19. Phyllis

    Please agree with me in prayer for a godly husband. I am 55 years old and childless. I would like to see a miracle in my lifetime that God take away my reproach. The women at church laugh when I ask for agreement in this prayer because I am at the age where the women are happy to be rid of the man- childbearing accomplished. So, I am asking on here. Also, that the Lord purify me on all areas so I can be a godly wife.
    Asking the Lord to cosign my debts and pay them off so that I will bring in financial burden into my marriage.
    Please pray with me and for me.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Phyllis, praying with you right now, may you be richly blessed with family and provision and supernatural health, in Jesus’ Name

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