No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-38
Being more than a conqueror means that we face the trials of life knowing we are not alone. We have a mighty God who fights on our behalf. Paul’s words also imply that the very things the enemy throws against us can be turned upside down for our good. In the darkest valleys, God is with us and nothing can separate us from His love and presence.
Being a conqueror gives us the steadfast certainty and conviction to press on in God’s strength. No matter what comes our way, we don’t need to be afraid of bad news or things that aren’t in our plan. We won’t be devastated by the unexpected, because having Christ in us means there’s nothing in our lives that is too much for Him to handle.
Be encouraged today that Christ’s power is in you and cannot be derailed by any earthly circumstances. Call on this power for a breakthrough!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17-19
These verses are perfect for springtime when we are given a visible reminder of what rebirth looks like. As birds return and flowers begin to sprout this spring, reflect on the work of God that is doing the same refreshing in your heart. We are a new creation in Christ and nothing of our old identity remains.
The best part is that this overflowing joy is not meant to be kept a secret. God’s reconciliation through Christ is a message that we are command-ed to share with everyone. No matter the age when you become a believer, God’s transforming gospel creates powerful change. We all have a story worth telling.
Who in your life needs to hear about God’s love for them? Pray for this breakthrough in their life and for the opportunity to share your own reconciliation story with them.
When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:12-14
The story of Queen Esther is dramatic and emotional. A young lady finds herself in the most unusual circumstances, with the opportunity to intervene so that people of Israel would not be annihilated. To do so, however, requires her to risk her life to bring her petition to the king. In those days, even the queen didn’t have automatic access. She needed to be called.
Her cousin Mordecai challenges Esther to consider that she is in this place of influence for a reason. God has placed her there. Risky or not, she has a mission from God and there are consequences for turning her back on that assignment.
God has placed you in strategic places. Where do you have influence? Who do you know who needs a breakthrough? Ask God for a break-through in people’s lives and let Him know that, like Esther, you are ready to be His breakthrough agent.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious rich-es he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21
This is one of the most beautiful prayers in all of the Bible. It is a prayer for people to be rooted in the deep love of Christ and to know this love that is beyond reason. And out of this love, there emerges a prayer that God will do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine according to His power that is at work in us.
This is one of those prayers in the Bible that can be beautifully used to pray over the people we love. How people in our world need to be rooted in the deep love of God! How that would change their lives and destiny. Being rooted in the great love of God changes our vision for what God could do – things beyond our wildest dreams.
Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Psalm 30:1-6
I love the progression of this Psalm. It begins in remembrance of the grace and forgiveness of God, the foundation of His love. The writer says his “whole being waits on God.” Try to feel that right now – not just your mind and heart, but that every aspect of your being is waiting in expectation of God’s arrival. He and His intervention is your sole focus.
The author of this Psalm gives us a vivid picture of this desperation. “I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.” He even repeats himself to give added emphasis. Imagine the feeling of a watchman, alone in the night, watching against possible invasion. Waiting for daylight to come, for another night to pass safely.
Have you ever had a night like that – so desperate for God to move that it seemed like the nighttime would never end? Pray with that desperation and God will hear your plea.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” Psalm 42:1-3
This Psalm is all about desperation. You can’t get much more desperate than a deer that has no water to drink. Imagine having no food or water for days. Wouldn’t all your focus be on getting what you need to live?
This is the kind of urgency that God wants us to bring as we seek Him – thinking of nothing else but our need for a breakthrough from God, a desperation for Him to show up. Otherwise, as with Israel, those on the outside may think God has abandoned us and ask, “Where is his or her God?”
During this 28 days of seeking God for a breakthrough, invite God to grow your desperation for Him. Ask Him to show you the work of His hands in the world and your life.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
These words from the prophet Jeremiah communicate God’s desire to bless us. This promise doesn’t guarantee the American Dream. But it does guarantee God’s heart to bring good out of everything that comes into our lives. This promise also reveals that God has plans for you. What an amazing thought! So many people would be surprised to know that God has a plan for them.
In our last series, we talked about a common desire to be closer to God or to experience His intimacy more consistently. Jeremiah tells us the key. Seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him.
During these days of reaching out to God in prayer, let’s continue to seek God with all of our hearts – seek Him in desperation. Let’s expect to find Him in new ways.
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me. Psalm 18:16-19
This Psalm is an emotional plea by David for God to rescue Him from those who were pursuing and seeking to kill him. David vividly describes the anger of God against David’s enemies, that moves Him to come down from heaven to rescue David. Read verses 1-15 leading up to these verses and you’ll see David’s desperation.
These few verses describe the culmination of God’s rescue mission. David was saved from drowning in deep waters, saved from enemies too strong for him. In the end, God brought him into a spacious place – some translations say “a place of safety” – because He delighted in David.
What would be a spacious place for you, a place where you would rest in the love and delight of God? What breakthrough could bring you to a place where you feel safe in the arms of God?
Now since even you as a sinful, imperfect parent, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more does your good and perfect Father in heaven give only gifts that are good to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11
Here Jesus compares earthly parents to our Father in heaven. His point is that, if most parents know how to give good gifts, God in his loving perfection, knows even more how to give you all you need.
Do you trust the goodness of God? Do you really believe He wants to bring good things into your life and turn bad things into good for you? If you don’t, ask God to show you why you are unsure that He is a giver of good gifts. What life experiences have been difficult to understand in light of the goodness of God? Make a list and bring them before God, asking Him to give you the understanding you desire.
What breakthroughs do you long for and believe that God wants to give?
Our Father who art in heaven, holy is your name. Matthew 6:9 (Lord’s Prayer)
The intimacy that Jesus invites us to in prayer would have been shocking to the people of His day. Not only does he invite us to approach God as father but to approach Him as “Abba Father,” which essentially means “daddy.”
For some of us, the word “father” is painful because our fathers damaged us. And no earthly father is perfect. However, if we can understand this term in its most foundational and perfect sense, the message of Jesus’ words is life changing.
Do you pray knowing you have a “Father in heaven” who loves you and wants what is best for you? Do you draw close to Him or do you keep Him at a distance? Do you trust His love and His longing to create breakthroughs for you?
Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this moun-tain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:19-20
The context of this passage is the disciples’ failed attempt to drive out a demon. They were perplexed because they were unsuccessful. Jesus’ response to their question is shocking. I would expect it would take a lot of faith to drive out a demon – that we would have to work at that pretty hard. Instead, Jesus tells us that faith the size of just a mustard seed can move mountains into the sea. A mustard seed is tiny, barely visible.
The key to bondage-freeing breakthroughs is not working up enough faith or praying a long and spiritual-sounding prayer. It is about a simple faith that trusts the heart of God. As you pray for breakthroughs, invite God to give you mustard seed faith that will bring with it confidence and complete trust in Him.
My eyes are continually looking to the Lord for help, for he alone can rescue me from all the traps of my enemies. Psalm 25:15
In this Psalm, David has fixed his trust and expectation on God. He is refreshed in confidence and waits with hope. We may not physically be able to see God, but His constant work in our lives is evident. God works in ways that the world might call unusual circumstances, but like David, we know that He is the one orchestrating blessings and rescue in our lives.
Where do you need God’s rescue in your life? In prayer, ask Him to help you keep your eyes continually looking to Him for help. Ask Him to reveal to you the big and small ways that He is working out a breakthrough in your life. He is the only one who can save.
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? Luke 18:1-7
In this story, Jesus tells us of a judge who cares nothing for God or anyone. And yet, because the poor woman continues to beg and plead, even he finally breaks down and gives her what she asks for. Jesus reminds us that, if even such an imperfect human can do what is right, we should never doubt that God will bring justice and help to those of us who ask Him.
Isn’t God so different from the unjust judge? Our God is generous, loving, and delights in upholding justice. We should be like the widow, persistent in asking God for a breakthrough and confident that he will set right what is wrong. God’s timing may not follow our desired schedule, but He will not ignore the cries of our hearts.
Don’t lose heart in praying for breakthrough. If we choose not to pray, we will give in to hopelessness. But through continual prayer, we will see God respond in power.
Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, always giving thanks to God. Colossians 4:2
This would be a wonderful verse to memorize as a reminder to pray continually. Paul exhorts us to persevere in our prayers, to continue to ask God for the breakthrough we need. He also reminds us to be alert. We’re asking God for something we can’t do on our own. So we need to pay attention to how the Holy Spirit is moving or speaking – it probably won’t be in a way we would have thought of ourselves!
Don’t get tired of praying for that breakthrough. And thank God in every circumstance – before, during, and after the response of breakthrough.
For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 1 Corinthians 15:16-18
The resurrection we celebrate today is pivotal to the Christian faith. Even the apostle Paul wrote that if Christ was not raised, our faith is futile and meaningless.
The resurrection is the breakthrough of all breakthroughs. Evil had seem-ingly won, the disciples had seemingly backed the wrong horse, death had conquered the Son of God.
Easter Sunday was the turnaround day that changed the course of histo-ry. Every breakthrough that you and I seek is based on what happened Easter morning. And one day we are all looking for a pretty significant breakthrough, that when we die, God will turn death into eternal life.
Continue to pray for breakthroughs based on the greatest breakthrough of them all.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:18-21
This prayer from Paul reminds us that the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is alive and at work in every believer. Not a small force! When God opens the eyes of our hearts, we can clearly see how He is at work to make breakthroughs. Never forget that the power of God is stronger than any earthly setback, always.
As a body of believers, this calls us to celebrate not only the freedom and goodness poured over our own lives, but also over the lives of others in this community. We share in rejoicing over breakthroughs for others. And we share in praying for those breakthroughs.
As you pray in the the power of Christ’s resurrection, who is walking with you in praying for powerful change? Who could you ask for help in praying? Who could you ask to pray for?
At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you for-saken me?”). When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vine-gar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said. With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Mark 15:33-38
What happened on Good Friday was not defeat, though initially that’s what it appeared to be. No one surrounding Jesus thought the flogging and crucifixion were wins. It was over. Jesus must not have been who He said He was.
But in the heart of God, the cross was as much a win as the resurrection. In the cross, the love of God was poured out for creation. That love is what makes it possible for our sins to be forgiven and for us to be rec-onciled to God. Only God, coming from heaven, could do that for us. The suffering was part of the solution.
In your suffering, God’s purposes can be fulfilled. In your waiting, God’s plan can be moved forward. Embrace the agony and suffering that comes with waiting on a breakthrough. Share the heart of Christ and His sufferings, in pain for a broken world.
The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” Ezekiel 37:1-3
This is just one biblical example of God doing something completely im-possible by human standards. Sometimes we can grow overwhelmed by the unworkable circumstances of our lives. From our human perspective, it seems there are barriers and chains holding us back from a break-through. And yet God can breathe new life into dry bones! How much more can he make the impossible possible in our lives? The Sovereign Lord alone knows just how to revive us to full life again.
Today pray over the dry bones in your life and in lives around you. How could God be stirring you to help breathe new life into others?
Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned be-tween the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God. “It is true, Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands. They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands. Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God.” 2 Kings 19:14-19
King Hezekiah of Judah was put in a tough military position. The defeat of his kingdom looked certain. So he immediately sought time alone with God to pray and ask for help, humbly confessing his complete depend-ence on God. He spread the letter threatening catastrophe for Israel out before God. In so doing, he showed God the desperate situation they were in.
Hezekiah pleaded for God to listen and respond, not simply for the good of Israel, but to demonstrate God’s power and glory to all people on earth. Hezekiah prayed with confidence because he had complete faith that God would do as He promised in protecting the people of Israel.
Where do you need to admit that it isn’t your power that can win the bat-tle, but God’s power alone? Make a list and spread it out as you pray. Take time to be alone today and as you pray, confess your need for God. God is listening and is faithful to respond.
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:22-26
Jesus tells us that the key to prayer is believing that God will respond. We shouldn’t approach prayer simply hoping something might happen. We should pray to God for breakthroughs with the knowledge of His power and the confident belief that He will provide.
These verses also show us that our prayers must begin with an attitude of forgiveness towards others, just as we have been forgiven by God.
Think of the mountains in your life that God has already been faithful to move. Thank him for His power demonstrated in your past and in faith ask Him for movement of further mountains in your life. What kind of breakthrough would you boldly pray for if you knew without doubt that you would receive it?
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
A heart of gratitude is God’s will for us. Even in the midst of crisis and obstacles, we can (and should) give thanks. Paul is not telling us to give thanks FOR everything, because some things are not good. He is telling us to give thanks IN everything. We can be thankful that God is greater than any problem we face and that He can take anything that comes our way and turn it into good.
Praise God for all the ways that He has blessed your life and thank Him in advance for all He is going to do.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for to-morrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33-34
We tend to worry more than pray. The problem with worry is that it doesn’t accomplish anything. We’re still just trying to retain control, in-stead of giving our worries and our lives over to God. We spend a lot of emotional energy worrying about the past or fretting about the future. It doesn’t leave us anything left to be present in the moment.
Instead we should put all of our energy into seeking God today. Praying and fasting helps get our focus off of worry and on to our Almighty God. During this 28 day journey, make a commitment to pray instead of worry.
They got up early in the morning and went out to the desert of Tekoa. When they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, O Ju-dah and people of Jerusalem. Trust in the Lord your God, and you will be made strong. Trust in the men who speak for Him, and you will do well.” When he had spoken with the people, he called those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy clothing. They went out in front of the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord. For His loving-kindness lasts forever.” When they began to sing and praise, the Lord set traps against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah. So they were destroyed. 2 Chronicles 20:20-23
Jehoshaphat executed a peculiar battle strategy when he sent the sing-ers out in front of the soldiers. It was a statement of thanksgiving and praise to God. The people were thanking God in advance for the victory. In fact, the battle turned in their favor when the worship team began to sing.
Praise God for who He is and what He has done in your life. Praise him in advance for the breakthroughs that are coming. Sing in thanksgiving for what He is about to do.
Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph, as he stood among the people. He said, “Listen, all Ju-dah, the people of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat. The Lord says to you, ‘Do not be afraid or troubled because of these many men. For the battle is not yours but God’s. 2 Chronicles 20:14-15
Whenever we are facing mountains and obstacles in our lives, we can rest assured that the battle belongs to God and not to us. In Ephesians, the apostle Paul tells us that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of darkness. The enemy wages a war against our souls. But in Christ, we are more than conquerors.
Whatever mountains you are facing, be reminded that you never go into battle alone. God is always there – and He has already won the victory. Seek Him in prayer and in Scripture and trust Him.
Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “Very many people are coming against you from the other side of the sea, from Syria. See, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is, Engedi).” Jehoshaphat was afraid and decided to call on the Lord. He made a special time of not eating in all Judah. And Judah gathered together to pray for help from the Lord. They came to the Lord from all the cities of Judah to call on the Lord. 2 Chronicles 20:2-4
When the people of Israel were facing enemies from every direction, King Jehoshaphat called all the people together for a fast and to pray, seeking God’s intervention. Today, we are also facing enemies on every side. We too desperately need God’s help. During our 28 day journey, we are praying and fasting in our desire to see God orchestrate break-through moments. We need to see God’s hand work clearly in our lives.
As you set aside this time to pray to God, pray for mighty breakthroughs in the lives of people in your sphere of influence. May they know that God has moved in their world.
When I was in distress I sought the Lord and every night I stretch out my hands to him in prayer. Psalm 72:2
Do not hold against us the sins of past generations; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need. Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Psalm 79:8-10
As we are told in Romans 3, we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. We can rely only on His grace to be forgiven. He has promised that mercy, if we will repent and turn from our sinful ways. We need to be desperate for that turn, for that change in how we live. We need a break-through, longing for God to do something new in our lives and/or the lives of people around us.
Invite God to grow your love and desperation for Him. Give him permission to wake you in the middle of the night to pray for breakthroughs.
By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” Mark 6:35-37
Throughout Jesus’ ministry, we see him unleashing God’s power in im-possible situations. He appointed 12 young apostles and taught them to do the same. He demonstrated the love and goodness of God in action by preaching the gospel of love and forgiveness, healing the sick, and setting people free from demonic oppression. Then he expected his dis-ciples to do the same. Jesus’ goal was to help them understand that they were to be agents of breakthrough too. God wants you to be an agent of divine breakthrough for others. How can you be an instrument in leading others to a breakthrough?
Invite God to empower you to be a breakthrough agent.
Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord. Joel 1:14
God told the prophet Joel that the day of judgment was coming because of Israel’s unbelief. In response, Joel declares a fast and a time of crying out to God in prayer. It is an act of desperation. The people of Israel desperately needed a sudden and dramatic advance – a breakthrough.
In the face of crisis, many leaders in the Old Testament called for a fast of the people. A fast communicates our hunger for God to be at work. Breakthroughs happen when we seek God in desperation and trust that God wants to do something supernatural.
What breakthrough do you need? What breakthrough do your loved ones need? What breakthrough does our community and world need? Let’s pray in desperation over these next 28 days.