Breakthrough prayer by Dr. Kluane Spake
When I was a new Christian, our group somehow thought that we were responsible for praying for everything that happened everywhere. We intensely and obsessively prayed -- night and day. But, somewhere along the line, we became exhausted with the burden of responsibility that somehow it all depended on us and how loud and long we prayed. We didn’t realize that God looks on the enemy and laughs! Why were we sooooo worried?
As we all know, when truth advances there is much opposition. And, as with every advance, there is always misunderstanding and opposition from those who believe that Christians must function from a position of powerlessness and entropy. As we are delivered from tradition and renewed in the spirit of our minds, then our prayers become seasoned with redemptive truth.
It all happened for me the day, someone explained that I personally wasn’t called to “stand in the gap” like everyone kept insisting. The Old Covenant needed a person to stand in the gap, but not the New. What a tremendous burden was lifted when I found out that right this very minute, Jesus stands in the gap – He is the Great Intercessor ever praying for us (Heb. 7:25). He prays “FOR US,” not just “in our behalf,” (which is an awesome revelation in itself), but Jesus prays “for us” in our stead! (Selah! – Think about it!) Our part in His ministry of intercession -- is bold and accurate and never grievous or strained (Matt. 11:30). The Holy Spirit “comes along side” to be our partner in prayer. We can confidently pray in a supernatural co-laborship with our extraordinary God.
We must remember that it’s possible to study the Bible like a Pharisee and never connect with the Spirit of God (John 5:37). Likewise, many of our prayers have become just long shopping lists. We must remind ourselves that the purpose of our prayer life is to encounter a real Person.
A new determination has come upon me to recapture the vital sense of God’s abiding presence. Many of us long to reconnect in significant and passionate way to our God. It’s time to recaptivate that once familiar awe and wonder -- the amazement that He ever lives IN us. He, who is the consummation of all things, inhabits us and ever intercedes for us... that we might find Truth. Prayer brings us face to face with God as we arise back to the Garden image of God and co-existence with Him.
Many of us have now been set from laborious prayers that spring from obligation and duty -- today, we expect LIFE to jump out and captivate us. Never again will we pray in rote and routine ways -- or even empty loud and long ways -- we just want to touch God and have Him vibrate through our every thought. We want to be able to re-connect INTO Christ His purposes.
It is the Holy Spirit living within us that prompts us to pray. Effectual fervent prayer (Jms. 5:15-16) is an example of where our directed spiritual energy can “release” the spiritual dimension of light. Consider God’s Word (spiritual light) to be the “cause” in a cause and effect relationship. We now pray according to the Word. Prayer is a spiritual process -- the force of which cannot be seen with our natural eyes. The SEEING happens when our prayers become the activation of truth ALREADY imparted. We SEE that God’s intensions are already accomplished and we pull (decree, declare) the spiritual realm into our dimension (on earth, as it is in heaven). The “effect” (spiritual transaction) would be the equivalent of “spiritual energy,” (i.e., answers, insight, visible miracles, or revelation) that we receive in return.
Accurate prayer causes things to happen.
Prayer won’t cause faith to work. It is faith that causes prayer to work.
- It is useless and redundant to ask God to do what He has already deemed finished.
- It is meaningless to ask God to do what He has assigned us to do.
- God knows what we need before we even ask (Jn. 11:41-42). The Father has already heard... BEFORE you pray. It is not a struggle.
Prayer creatively connects with God and forcefully lay hold of His truth.
Prayer is the will of God pronounced through effective petitions and thanksgiving.
Prayer accesses the Lord’s distinctly pre-proclaimed eternal objectives and then speaks it -- giving birth to His designs upon the earth. Prayer signals heaven that God’s for-ordained purposes should now come forth. It is the nuclear missile aimed to shoot deeply into the regions that will discharge the Kingdom.
The Holy Spirit enables us with discernment, in-SIGHT, and meaningful gifts so that we might speak our declarations and deliver our petitions correctly (Phil. 2:5, 1 Cor. 2:16).
Accurate prayer is stated from a finished position that comprehends that the work of the cross is accomplished – the Lord calls us to stand and declare from that place of completion and triumph. No devil can stop us. We must agree with God.
Prayer speaks with full authority to decree God’s comprehensive and worldwide governmental victory over religion (& religious people), and against racial and unequal mentalities. It dismantles long standing rigid mindsets.
Prayer establishes God’s ways of thinking and mentality. It declares His reality, order, and organization over the spiritual environment that relates to our lives.
Our prayer time must become an anticipated time, rather than a legalistic burden. The most important time is that of meditation and listening. SPEND MORE TIME LISTENING THAN SPEAKING. When we do speak words – let them be focused, innovational, substantial, and resolute.
Prayer opens the door to creativity and new thought (Ps. 92:1-6).
Prayer is not begging or pleading. Prayer must not begin from weakness but must forcefully demolish old impotent ground. Anything that resists God’s purpose must be torn down and illuminated. Decisive prayer plows up the new ground in preparation for the necessary tasks of the Kingdom. We combine forces with God to revolutionize that which He desires.
The prayerful power of agreement liberates and releases intentional unity that galvanizes the Holy Spirit into action (Acts 1:14, 2:1, 2:46). It harmonizes (“sumphoneo” or causes our intentions to be in symphony) with others.
The Holy Spirit enables precise expression that causes us, the believer, to deliver accurate and profound proclamations that release the ascendancy of the Lord over all the earth.
Prayer releases the living hope to know that God’s plans can never be ruined in your life. There’s no expiration on your God given dreams.
Prayer provides us with understanding (Eph. 3:13-21, 6:18-19). It affects and inspires our thoughts. It informs us of our deficiencies so that we can adjust our mind-set, behavior, and character to His Word. (God lets us know – but we must bring our own incorrect emotions and behavior under control. Self control is a personal and rational decision - not a prayer request. There’s not an easy way out or a quick fix. God waits to lead us into the fullness of character and likeness.)
Prayer is the issue out our inner being that conjoins our affections with His. We learn to reproduce His attitude towards others (Eph. 1:15-20, 1 Thess. 1:1-3) and release His compassion and care.
We don’t need to pray for the harvest, but to release (ekballo -- the driving, expelling, thrusting, plunging forward) the workers of the harvest (Lk. 10:2). We should pray for other ministries (Act 12:5, 12:17, 2 Thes. 1:3, 11, 12, 2 Thes. 3:1-5).We pray for open doors, we break through closed doors.
Prayer is cherished fellowship that communes with God (2 Cor. 1:2-4) with worship and thankfulness (Eph. 1:1-11). It influences our thoughts and dreams. Prayer absorbs guidance and wisdom. Prayer is LIFE in God NOW.
Prayer is a time to obtain answers, take action, and achieve victory (2 Cor. 2:14). It gives us strength (Ps. 105:4, etc.) and confident expectation. Prayer renews our faith, hope, and love.
Our prayers ask that God will give the nations our inheritance (That means that they will obtain the same inheritance as we do. Read this verse without the interjected words of the translators. Ps. 2:8). Our words release rulership and dominion.
Prayer moves us into the power of love and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1;7, Daniel 6:10, 1 Peter 5:7-8 AMP). (A sound mind is able to resist irrational “feelings.” A sound mind is capable of choosing properly. The transformed intelligent mind is essential to victorious living.)
Prayer penetrates the spirit realm and obtains answers that can be seen = results, (Phil. 4:4-6). It gives us guidance and wisdom (1 Thes. 5:17, 18, 23, 24, 28, Jam. 1:5-8, 17).
We governmentally decree what God has pre-ordained from eternity past (Mic. 7:11, Ez 6). We speak out the Word of God upon all situations. It is not just verbalizing to God but also a commanding of the circumstance in accordance with His purposes.
As we speak out the mind of God in prayer to release angels to perform invisible functions that accomplish the Word.
Prayer looses God's kingdom on earth and in our lives as it is in heaven.
Effective prayers SEE with open eyes of understanding into the spiritual realm. With creative words, we make authoritative, apostolic declarations that take ascendancy over the present system. Now, even when we pray for hours, we sense targeted victory. When we pray decisively, it’s always effective.
YOURSELF: Pray for direction and that your have good timing (Matt 24:19-21). Pray that you escape evil (Luke 21:36), not fall into temptation (Matt. 26:41, Luke 22:40), and will do what is right (2 Cor. 13:7).
MINISTERS: Pray for ministers and their plans to come to pass (Rom 1:10). Pray that they be rescued from evil doers (Rom 15:31, 2 Thess. 3:2). Pray that they might clearly declare the mystery of the gospel (Eph. 6:19-20) through open doors for the message (Col 4:3-5). Pray that the message of the Lord spread rapidly and be honored (2 Thess 3:1-2). Pray that ministers have a clear conscience and live honorably in every way (Heb 13:18-19).
HOW: Pray with your human spirit and your MIND (1 Cor. 14:13-16). Pray that you and others will be strengthened and established in love (Eph 3:16-19). Pray for unity (Jn. 17:20-21). Pray that you and others can interpret tongues (1 Cor. 14:13-14). Pray always and don’t give up (Luke 18:1). Pray with joy (Phil 1:4) using meaningful words knowing that God already knows what you need (Mat. 6:18).
Pray without ceasing (Lk. 1:1). Pray for the widow (1 Tim 5:5-6) and those that are and will be the Lord (Jn. 17:9-10, 20-21). Pray that those who sin will be given life (1 Jn. 5:16-17).
OTHERS: Pray in the Spirit with all kinds of prayers for all saints (Eph. 6:17-18). Pray for others that they might share their faith and understand their inheritance (Phi. 6). That they enjoy good health (3 John 2-3). That they would belong to God (Jn. 17:9-10). That they would not do wrong and stand the test (2 Cor. 13:7). That they grow (Acts 27:29) and understand the power and inheritance in the saints (Eph. 1:18-21). That Christ dwell in their hearts through faith (Eph. 3:16-17) until they know the love of Christ and be filled with the fullness of God (Eph. 3:18-19). That they live a life pleasing to God (Col. 1;10-11). Pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:28-29). Elders pray for the sick (Jm. 5:13:16 -- while believers “lay hands” on the sick). Pray that others enjoy good health and that all goes well with them (3 John 2