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

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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. Munah

    I’m in need of a well paid job, an apartment of my own as I’m living with family and it gets hard at times. I pray God’s blessings and favor upon my life. Please join me in prayer for breakthrough.

  2. Lutchmee naidoo

    Dear Helen,I have been fasting,praying and trusting God for our breakthrough,as my husband, Emmanuel suffered a massive stroke on 1st April 2011. He is living with his daughters who relocated and refuse to give me the address to visit him. I have last visited him last year October. I have had visions of him totally healed and back home.I have been thanking and praising God for these visions and breakthrough everyday. Thank you for the teaching on the on biblical keys to breakthrough prayer. Please pray for us in agreement for our breakthrough.

    Lutchmee Naidoo

  3. Vera

    Please pray for healing of friends Bill and Denis and for my husbands dental needs.
    Please pray for breakthrough and favor on the sale of our home.
    I have been encouraged to ask by reading your message.
    God’s blessing on our dear friends who are so encouraging.
    Thank you and bless you


    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Vera, amen and amen! Thanks you for leaving the prayer request, I do agree with you and may 2015 be a ‘Year of Jubilee’ for your family.

  4. Wendee

    Please agree and pray for me that God will not only restore my marriage but save my husband before our court date on March 19. I ha e been on my knees for months. When I asked the lord if if should fight for my marriage he gave me twod words…. Nevertheless Tarry. I am sending this so I may have many to pray in agreement with me.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Wendee, sorry to hear of the battle you have been in, may you know God’s powerful triumph in your life and family.

  5. Lucy

    Great teaching Hellen,I’m really encouraged. I need breakthrough in Gospel music ministry in Jesus Mighty Name.

    God bless you all.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Lucy, amen to that! What a great ministry to be in, may your music be an expression of the Father’s heart and the Good News of Jesus that reaches many.

  6. Neodine Katz

    Good Day

    I went for an interview last week Thursday, I am currently employed and seeking better growth opportunity as my career at this point seems to be at a standstill. I am trusting in the Lord to bless me with this job.
    Please pray with me and for me.

    May God Bless You.

    Kind Regards

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Neodine, thank you for leaving the request, I pray with you for the ceiling to lift in the area of your vocation.

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