Apostolic Breakthrough Prayer
Dr. Kluane Spake
When Solomon finished praying, a bolt of lightning out of heaven struck the whole burnt offering and sacrifices and the GLORY of GOD filled The Temple… (2 Chr. 7:1 MSG)
As eager new Christians, our little group somehow thought that we were responsible for praying for everything that happened everywhere in the world! 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. Maybe we didn’t pray enough. Maybe how we asked wasn’t right? We didn’t realize that the Life of all Ages waits in total rest expecting us to find Him there! Why were we so worried?
Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance; it is laying hold of His highest willingness.
As this new apostolic day dawns, we gain fresh insight on effective prayer that differs vastly from all that we’ve known in our past zealous experiences. And, as we all know, much opposition has come against this advance because there are always those who insist that Christians function from a position of powerlessness and entropy (death).
Remember, it’s possible to study the Bible like a Pharisee (who gained only head knowledge) and NEVER CONNECT with the Spirit of God (John 5:37). Unfortunately, it’s the same idea with prayer. Many of our prayers remain ineffective because they became just long shopping lists. We need to be set free from laborious prayers that spring from obligation and duty. Let us never again pray in rote and routine ways – or even overly loud and excessively long ways. As we are delivered from erroneous tradition and become renewed in the spirit of our minds our prayers change and become fully seasoned with Redemptive Truth.
Each new dispensation uncovers new extensions of insightful revelations that open new modes of spiritual access. For example, a different kind of prayer was offered in the patriarchal era than in the later Mosaic ritual. King David broke through with even more daring boldness. John the Baptist prepared the way with a greater capacity of prayer than previously seen. And now in this new dispensation, because of the perception of our potential to co-create, we discover a fresh extended range and intensity of prayer.
Let’s remind ourselves that the purpose of our prayer life is to intimately encounter a real Person and apprehend what He wants to impart. Divine communication happens during effectual prayer – especially when nothing is wrong. The goal is to touch God and His presence by connecting to His Divine purposes. Only then will we find His abundant LIFE that captivates us and vibrates through our every thought.
It all began for me the day that I realized that I personally wasn’t responsible to “stand in the gap” (Ezk. 22:30) like we had been taught. What a relief! The Old Covenant needed a person to stand in the gap, but not the New. A tremendous burden lifted when I found out that right this very minute Jesus stands in the gap – He is the Great Intercessor ever praying for us (Romans 8:16, Hebrews 7:25). He prays “FOR US” and that doesn’t just mean “in our behalf” (which is an awesome revelation in itself).
Yes, Jesus prays “for us!” And that actually means in our stead! (Selah! – Think about it!)
But that’s not all! The Holy Spirit also ever intercedes for us (Rom. 8:26). He “comes alongside” to connect with us as our prayer partner. The Holy Ghost intercedes with sighs beyond words as we are birthed through the veil and into the New Day. The Spirit prompts us to pray effectual fervent prayers (Jas. 5:15-16). The Holy Spirit en-LIGHTENS us with discernment, in-SIGHT, and meaningful gifts so that we might discern and speak our declarations and deliver our petitions correctly (Phil. 2:5; 1 Cor. 2:16).
Therefore, our part in His ministry of intercession becomes bold and accurate – never grievous or strained (Mat.11:30). The force and direction of God’s prayer is where we want to connect our focus. We need to stop praying “TO” God and start praying “WITH” Him. We combine forces with God to revolutionize that which He desires.
What is Jesus praying about? How does the Spirit pray? We don’t want to be asking for a building if we’re not supposed to have a church! What is God’s desire? The prayerful agreement with God’s intentions liberates and releases intentional synchronization that galvanizes the Holy Spirit into action (Acts 1:14, 2:1, 2:46). As we harmonize and synchronize our resolve with God’s objectives, the Holy Spirit enables us to deliver accurate and precise affirmations and profound proclamations that release the ascendancy of the Lord’s Kingdom over all the earth.
• The Hebrew word for “intercession” is paga and means “a chance encounter or an accidental intersecting.” Correct intercession intersects with God’s purposes and causes Divine intervention. The Lord intersects our ideas and plans with His.
The continual intercession and longings of both the Holy Spirit and Jesus toward us give us God’s desires (Psalm 37:4, 145:15 AMP). These desires become the passion of our yielded heart. These desires (that He gives us) conform to His will. Therefore, we can ask what we desire because our desires express His purposes. New Testament believers have been given the Spirit without limit (John 3:34); we can confidently pray in a supernatural co-laborship with our extraordinary God.
Prayer is the will of God pronounced through our effective petitions and thanksgiving. We connect and declare what God says.
A new determination must come upon us – to recapture the vital sense of God’s abiding presence and to reconnect in significant and passionate ways. We cry out to recaptivate that once familiar awe and wonder – the amazement and reality that God Himself ever lives IN us. He, the consummation of all things, inhabits us and ever intercedes for us… that we might find Him. Breakthrough prayer causes us to arise and return to Paradise and Garden co- existence. It is there that God searches within us to find the image and likeness of Himself – that which was His creative intention before the Fall. The God of the universe is looking for the God in us!
Successful prayer establishes God’s mentality and way of thinking. The force of prayer issues out of our inner being and conjoins our affections with His. We learn to reproduce His attitude (Eph. 1:15-20; 1 Thess. 1:1-3) and release His compassion (this word originally meant a womb-love yearning for life).
BREAKTHROUGH BY CONFESSION
Praying according to the Word is a valuable spiritual process that releases spiritual energy and force from untold dimensions. God’s Word (spiritual light) becomes the “cause” in a cause and effect relationship. This kind of prayer activates truth ALREADY imparted. We begin to perceive that God’s intentions are already accomplished in the heavenlies. Our job becomes one of pulling (decreeing, declaring) the spiritual realm into our dimension (on earth, as it is in heaven). The effective return (spiritual transaction) of “spiritual energy” provides answers, insight, visible miracles, and/or revelation.
We governmentally decree what God has pre- ordained from eternity past (Mic. 7:11, Ez. 6). We speak the Word of God upon all situations. It is not just verbalizing to God, but also a commanding of circumstance in accordance with His purposes. As we speak out the mind of God in prayer, we release angels to perform invisible functions that accomplish the Word.
BREAKTHROUGH BY EFFECTIVENESS
Accurate prayer causes God’s Kingdom to exhibit on earth and in our lives as it already is in heaven. Remember, there are two things for which we don’t pray:
(1) It is absolutely useless and redundant to ask God to do what He already considers finished. Accurate prayer is stated from a finished position that comprehends the work of the cross as accomplished. Jesus did do what He promised to do.
The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1). Jesus demonstrated actions and proclamations to the Father that specifically brought forth the reality of the Kingdom of God, not as a purely future anticipation, but as a certainty already proleptically (assumption of a future act as if presently existing or accomplished) present within His own words and Personhood.
(2) It is meaningless to ask God to do what He already assigned us to do. As His delegated ambassadors of the Kingdom, we cause heaven (the spiritual realm of existence where God is) to collide and invade with earth (this temporal existence). God chooses to use believers to bring forth His power, His presence and His Kingdom to bear upon this earth.
We call for His ways, His rules and His will. The Lord calls us to stand and declare from that place of completion and triumph. Nothing can stop us. We don’t live under the influence of a lie. We agree with God. Prayer speaks with full authority to decree God’s comprehensive and worldwide governmental victory over evil, religion, religious people, and racial and unequal mentalities. Accurate prayer dismantles long standing rigid mindsets.
• The Lord of the universe knows what we need before we even ask. Jesus explained that the Father has already heard… BEFORE we pray (Jn. 11:41-42). It’s not a struggle.
• Prayer forcefully and creatively speaks things that are not into existence (Rom. 4:17). Prayer accesses the Lord’s distinctly pre-proclaimed eternal objectives and then speaks them – giving birth to His designs upon the earth. Prayer signals heaven that God’s foreordained purposes should now come forth. It is the nuclear missile aimed to shoot deeply into the regions that will discharge the Kingdom.
BREAKTHROUGH BY ENTERING REST
Our prayer time must become an anticipated restful time, rather than a legalistic burden. The most important time is when we spend MORE TIME LISTENING THAN SPEAKING – and when we do speak, our words are focused, innovational, substantial, and resolute. Restful prayer opens the door to creativity and new ideas (Ps. 92:1-6). From a position of rest, we discharge God-given faith that severs every wicked situation.
Rest releases the living hope to know that there’s no expiration date on God’s promises. This kind of prayer refuses to beg or plead from a position of weakness; it easily demolishes old impotent ground. Rest yields decisive prayer that is eternal and it plows up the new ground in preparation for Kingdom domination.
Apostolic prayer declares God’s reality, order and organization over this world as it relates to our lives. Apostolic prayer restores dominion to the believer.
BREAKTHROUGH TO FIND WHOLENESS
Prayer is the cherished fellowship and communion with the Dream-Giver (2 Cor. 1:2-4). It guides us to destiny. Prayer is LIFE in God NOW. This powerful kind of praying ushers us into the power of love and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1;7; Dan. 6:10; 1 Pet. 5:7-8 AMP). Anything that resists Kingdom purposes must be illuminated and destroyed. A sound mind resists irrational “feelings” and adjusts our deficiencies, our defensive mind-set and wrong behavior. A sound mind chooses properly and makes correct and coherent decision – not desperate prayer requests. God waits to lead us into the fullness of mature Sonship.
BREAKTHROUGH TO RELEASE
Apostolic prayer relentlessly seeks specific miracles, answers, instructions, objectives, plans, actions, vision, etc. Victorious prayer (2 Cor. 2:14) gives us strength (Ps. 105:4, etc.) and confident expectation. Prayer renews us. Our words release authoritative rulership – and heaven responds. Breakthrough prayer penetrates the spirit realm and obtains wise answers that guide us (Phil. 4:4-6; 1 Thes. 5:17, 18, 23, 24, 28; Jam.1:5-8, 17).
With creative words, apostolic prayer makes authoritative declarations that take ascendancy over the present carnal system. The “true” Saints Movement is not about the believers taking over the church and replacing apostolic government, it’s about prayer showing the saints how to take over the world.
Now, every time we pray, it is with decisiveness and a sense of targeted victory.
HOW: Pray with your spirit and your renewed MIND (1 Cor. 14:13-16). Pray without ceasing (Lk. 1:1). Pray for the widow (1 Tim. 5:5-6) and those things that must come forth for the sake of the Kingdom (Jn. 17:9-10, 20-21). Pray that those who sin will be given life (1 Jn. 5:16-17).
YOURSELF: Pray for personal direction and proper 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). 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) because you understand that God already knows what you need (Matt. 6:18). We pray for open doors and the know how to break through closed doors.
MINISTERS: We should pray for other ministries (Act 12:5, 12:17; 2 Thes. 1:3, 11, 12; 2 Thes. 3:1-5). Pray that their plans come to pass (Rom. 1:10). Pray that they be rescued from evil doers (Rom. 15:31; 2 Thes. 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 spreads rapidly and is honored (2 Thes. 3:1-2). Pray that ministers have a clear conscience and live honorably in every way (Heb. 13:18-19). We don’t need to pray for the harvest, but to release (ekballo – the driving, expelling, thrusting plunging forward) the workers of the harvest (Luke 10:2).
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 (Phlm. 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 (Jms. 5:13:16). Pray that others enjoy good health and that all goes well with them (3 John 2).
Pray that those who are persecuted be faithful (2 Cor. 6:4-10); that they have courage (Phil. 1:20) and are strengthened (Jn. 15:18-21). Pray that they have the strength to rejoice in the midst of circumstances (Matt. 5:10-12); that they be delivered and protected (2 Cor. 1:10-11); and that they are blessed (Lk. 6:22).