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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Your Prophetic Word and Spiritual Warfare

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

  1. Eleanor Taylor

    I have been struggling with a wrong attitude and negative thinking. So many things have gone wrong in my life that I have become caught up in believing that nothing can go right. Recently I have been told that I am angry and hostile.

    I would also like to find purpose for my life. For too long I have been drifting aimlessly.

    I also need a financial breakthrough. I would love to become debt free.

    I need to see a total transformation of my life.

    1. Amen! I do agree with you Eleanor, may the Spirit be powerfully at work in your heart and life, may God’s Word guide you, may God bring the right people and strategies across your path to help you into your next season and transformation.

  2. My contract is ending friday, I would like you to pray with me for a permanent contract within the same company and department

    1. Hi Clayton, I do join with you in prayer for your contract.
      Let the opportunity be released in Jesus’ Name, let Clayton have favour for a permanent role.

      Clayton, do you have a sense that God has placed you in this company specifically?

  3. I would like prayer for a friend to return to us please. He has borderline personality disorder and a weed addiction. This caused him to depart on terrible terms and now he’s in with bad company. Also, for finances because I’m steeped in debt. Although I work six days a week, it just never seems to decrease and is causing me much stress. Both the situations above seem impossible and make me depressed. Thank you.

    1. Hi Sam, am praying now for your friend and your situation, for God’s power and intervention.

  4. Hi I would love for you to pray for my husband whose been taking some strain at church. Had been sidelined for being honest and truthful about issues relating to a delicate subject finances. Trusting for Gods intervention in this regards.
    Many thanks , Charmaine

  5. hello Helen,

    Please join me in prayer , as I seek a breakthrough in my career, Its been one and a half years since i left my employment and I really really desire to go back to work to help settle my bills and also for my small sister about to join campus. thank u and God bless!!!! Judy

    1. Amen, I do agree with you Judy, that the door of opportunity for employment will open for you and that provision will flow!

  6. Sunday Ifeanyi Okoye

    I need prayer for my spiritual growth and the calling of God upon my life, and prayer for my future wife and prayer for my friends Rachel and Seth ans so on

  7. Wow!I really dnt knw hw. I got here …I needed dis message!!!God has been faithful..and forever is..pls I would lik y’all to join me in prayers for a friend seeking for breakthrough from obstacles in his work place*I drop d entire situation at christ feet*

    1. Hi Esther, I do pray with you about this situation. May your friend receive wisdom and the breakthrough.

  8. I need a break through in my finances,to be debt free and to be free from ancestral bondage.Iam believing God for a miracle.My children are unable to go to school because of some financial problems.please pray for me.God Bless You

    1. Hi Mayase, the freedom from ancestral bondage is already yours in Christ, I pray that you will fully enter in and enjoy the freedom that is yours. I do pray and agree with you regarding the financial need, may you experience God’s hand as Provider for your every need.

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