Do you long for a spiritual breakthrough? Do you feel dry in your faith? Do you yearn for more of God’s active presence in your life? Do you want more power from the Spirit?
If you said, yes, to any of these questions, God has already given you the tools to start your journey to spiritual breakthrough. He wants you to have a breakthrough too and revive your soul again.
When you desire a spiritual breakthrough, this is God putting that on your heart. He’s already at work and it’s His good pleasure to give you the kingdom! But like any healthy relationship you need to sow and water to reap the benefits. And if you do, you will experience more of a fruitful relationship with God in your life.
Here are 4 spiritual disciplines you can pursue in order to help receive a spiritual breakthrough in your life (please don’t let the thought of disciplines scare you away, they’re good things):
1. Spend Time in the Word
A relationship is a two-way street — He pursues us — but we also need to make time for Him. And one way we get to know Him more is through the Bible.
Relationships are both intellectual and experiential. Countless people in the Bible had encounters with God that changed their life that are inspiring. You probably won’t have a burning bush experience like Moses did, but you will have your own encounter with God that’s unique to your relationship with Him and that starts with the Bible.
Below are some scriptures to meditate on that will help you set your mind and heart on the Lord and to prepare you for your spiritual breakthrough:
- “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).
- “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).
- “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).
- “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38).
- “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30).
- “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85:6).
2. Pray Without Ceasing
Pray without ceasing and don’t give up on the spiritual breakthrough you need. Take time throughout the day to pray about what is on your heart. Here are some questions to ask yourself about what you want, a response, and forming those into prayers:
- Is it for more of God’s presence? He wants to make Himself known to you. “Lord, I want more of your presence in my life. Show me your glory, God.”
- Is it to replenish your weary soul? Pray for revival in your heart and replenishment. “Lord, revive my heart and soul. I want to be refreshed by your Word and Spirit.”
- Is it for more manifestations of the spiritual gifts? Specifically ask for particular gift(s) to be manifested in your life and to continue to the increase in their use and strength. “Lord, help me to earnestly desire prophecy, to continue to seek it, and see that gift used in my life to build up your church.”
- Is it revival in your church? Pray that people in your church experience the presence of God in their life more abundantly and the Spirit poured out. “Lord, I want to see people in my church have more of a hunger and thirst for you for you glory. Pour your Spirit upon us!”
Also, write down your prayer requests to God to see how He answers. Again, continuously pray for those things that you need for a spiritual breakthrough. Be specific and make your prayers bold. You can’t out ask God!
3. Praise & Worship
Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!” (Psalm 134:2).
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord! Let the sea roar, and all the fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity (Psalm 98:4-9).
Does this sound somber to you? Can you do that? Can you fully let go of any inhibitions and do what the psalmist records? It wasn’t a call to put your hands in your pockets and kind of sing to the Lord. People are to let out a joyful praise with all their hearts — no inhibitions. Why wouldn’t you? There is a time and place for somber, absolutely, but overall God wants you to enjoy Him in worship!
If your heart is cold and distracted, you’re not hiding it from Him. He knows exactly where you’re at. So, rekindle that flame and let a shout out to the Lord! Forget how you look, that’s called humbling yourself. Let go of any pretenses — it’s losing yourself in worship to gain something much more — experiencing the presence of God. Worship Him! Sing to Him! He’s listening and enjoying your worship of Him, even if you can’t sing! Remember all He’s done for you through Christ and praise Him!
This is a powerful tool that has the potential to break through strongholds. This is also a humbling process, but used along with the Bible, prayer, and praise and worship, there’s an even more possibility of a spiritual breakthrough!
When you’re fasting, you’re denying yourself the pleasure of food while God is our main pleasure and focus. It’s no lie, it’s hard to deny yourself pleasures, you want it all, but God wants us to submit to Him and deny ourselves while desiring Him. Hunger and thirst after God and all these things will be added onto you.
Also, make sure to keep your heart pure. Do not do a fast to be seen by others and impress them, but fast to be seen by God. Seek the Lord specifically during those times when you’re skipping a meal. When you feel weak or tempted to break the fast before your time is up, pray in the Spirit. God is faithful to strengthen you specifically in times of weakness.
So, whatever fast God is calling you to do: 1 day, 2x a day, 3x a day, 1 meal for a week, etc. — He will help you. He is gracious and merciful when you humble yourself and truly desire to draw near to Him.
*(If you’re unable to do a typical fast due to health reasons, seek the Lord and see what type of fast He’s calling you to do).
When you add these powerful tools together: Bible, prayer, praise and worship, and fasting, they add to your arsenal to experience a spiritual breakthrough that you’ve been seeking from God!
Any other ideas or thoughts on a spiritual breakthrough? Would love to hear them!
*More resources to help you on your personal spiritual breakthrough that have inspired and encouraged me (these are affiliates links and I may make a small commission to help support this blog):
by Martin Lloyd Jones
*I have just started to read Tim Keller’s book. So far, I think there are some good things in this book to glean from, but do not necessarily agree with everything he says.