Do you struggle when you pray? Do you feel as if your prayers are hitting a ceiling? If you answered, "Yes," below are five things you can start doing to get a breakthrough in your prayers.
What many fail to remember is that prayer is a two way conversation. God wants to talk to us as much as we desire to share what's on our heart. After all, how can you hear what His response is if you fail to listen?
However, getting your breakthrough in prayer poisssible. Let's look at these four steps:
1. Clean Hands and a Pure Heart.
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. Psalm 24:3-4
Clean hands and a pure heart begins with repentance. Repentance is making a 180 degree turn away from what is coming between you and God. Repentance acknowledges the sin and prevents the enemy from using it against you when you petition heaven for a breakthrought. Repentances also includes forgiveness. Forgive yourself and forgive others.
2. Thanksgiving and Praise. Kingdom protocol requires an individual to enter into the presence of a king in a particular manner. God is King of kings therefore, we must approach Him as LORD over our lives. Psalm 100 says, "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise." God inhabits the praises of His people. As one engages in gratitude, the atmosphere shifts and God opens the window of heaven for more blessings to pour out. Gratitude is a matter of the heart. Complaining shuts doors. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving.
3. Faith. Ask, believing that you will receive. Faith is believing when you don't see or know if you will receive. When you ask, ask without doubting. James 1:6-8, says a double-minded man or woman is unstable in all their ways. Replace doubt with faith for he or she who has faith can move mountains.
4. Be Still. Stillness is a lost art. Psalm 46:10, says "Be still and know that I am God." Stillness is taking your hands out of the situation and waiting quietly for God to respond. One way to find stillness is by meditating on the Word. Another way is through journaling. Journaling empties the soul of its burdens and places it on paper. Journaling also helps one to connect with God during the writing process.