Prayer For Times Of Refreshing With God
6 Keys for Breakthrough Prayer in Times of Need
Breakthrough! It speaks of overcoming an obstacle that is in our way—or of prevailing over a need, a restriction or an opposing enemy. Breakthrough can also mean an achievement or discovery that leads to significant progress. 
1. Seek God’s Agenda First
‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.’ (1 John 5:14-15)
Daniel was a godly man who read the scriptures—including the prophecies of Jeremiah. He recognised that Jeremiah prophesied about the times that Daniel was now living in and began to seek God for the answers. He knew it was time to birth that prophecy in prayer.
We need to know that we are praying God’s purpose for our lives. This means firstly praying according to God’s revealed will in the Scripture. Upon that foundation, we can also seek an intimate relationship with Father God in which we can hear His purpose for our lives and situation—and pray that. 
2. Don’t Settle for Second Best
Hannah was childless, and it grieved her. Wanting to reassure her, Hannah’s husband offered his love and personal gifts, thinking these could please her. But Hannah would only be satisfied with one thing—a baby. As a result of Hannah’s prayer, a future prophet and priest was born. Samuel would bring the nation back to God. (1 Sam 1)
When God has placed something on our hearts, then Hannah we will be tempted to settle for the ‘status quo’ or second best. But that is the very time to passionately press in to God for the answer.
3. Pray from the Heart
Hannah cried a wordless prayer of deep groaning—and God answered it. (1 Sam 1:12-16, Rom 8:26-27)) Nehemiah shot up a prayer whilst he was going about his daily occupation. (Neh 2:1-5) These seemingly simple prayers, carried from the heart, changed nations.
There are no right and wrong ways to pray. Just real prayers.
It’s time to put aside formulas, and not to be intimidated by someone else’s style and eloquence. The prayers that God answers are real prayers from the heart, regardless of time, place or technique.
4. Pray with Praise and Thanksgiving
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Phil 4:6)
Paul and Silas were in a difficult situation. God called them to evangelise a city, but they were stuck in a dungeon, held in stocks. As they prayed in the night and offered up hymns of praise, God sent an earthquake to open the prison doors. (Acts 16:22-29)
When used in addition to prayer, praise is a powerful cutting-edge weapon for breakthrough. (Ps 149:6-9)
5. Don’t Give Up
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (Luke 18:1)
Daniel prayed and fasted for 21 days before an answer came. An angel appeared who had been battling in the heavenlies for the entire time Daniel had been in prayer. Daniel’s persistent prayers provided fuel for what God was doing on his behalf. (Dan 10)
6. Find Others who will Agree with You
Jesus said, “…if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matt 18:19-20)
Esther is known as a woman whose courage saved a nation. However, prior to approaching the King, Esther called on Mordecai, all the Jews of the city, and her own attendants, to fast before God for 3 days. Esther knew that the real power lay in God answering the prayer of those who had joined her in the fast. (Esther 4:16)
When in need of a breakthrough, find others who will join you in prayer, because there is multiplied power in agreement.
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Study 7 REVIVAL COMES WHEN CHRISTIANS PRAY – Words of Life Ministries
PRAYING ALWAYS WITH ALL PRAYER by Francis Dixon
(Scripture Portion: Psalm 85:1-13)
The Church’s greatest need today is for revival! Charles Finney said, ‘A revival is no more a miracle than a crop of wheat. In any community a revival can be secured from heaven when heroic souls enter the conflict determined to win or die, or if needs be to win and die …’ (Matthew 11:12).
In a very real sense revival is always the sovereign work of God and He either gives it or He does not give it; but it is also true that wherever God’s people are prepared to really pray, then revival will be the result. Prayer is not the only condition, as 2 Chronicles 7:14 makes clear.
Failure to meet any of the conditions outlined in this key-verse would be an obstacle, but if there is one human condition more important than another, and which in a very real way includes the other conditions, it is that of prayer; God’s people have never really prayed without experiencing some measure of revival.
- Years ago Dr R. A. Torrey made this statement: “I have a theory, and I believe it to be true, that there is not a church, chapel or mission on earth where you cannot have a revival, provided there is a nucleus of faithful people who will hold on to God until it comes.”
1. REVIVAL COMES WHEN CHRISTIANS PRAY
Let us begin this study by a simple demonstration of the fact that God sends gracious times of refreshing in answer to the prayers of His people. He never fails to do this.
- 1. The divine promises in the Bible prove it. Look up 2 Chronicles 7:14; Jeremiah 29:12-13; 33:3; Zechariah 12:10; Malachi 3:10; 1 John 5:14-15. These references show that God is willing to send revival and will do so in answer to the prayers of His people.
- 2. The historic examples of revival recorded in the Old Testament prove it. For instance, compare 1 Samuel 7:1-14; 2 Chronicles 29:3-36; Nehemiah 1:5-11. In the Book of Judges we notice that time and time again the people turned to God in prayer, and each time He graciously answered them.
- 3. The historic accounts of revival recorded in the New Testament prove it. The great revival at Jerusalem was preceded and followed by much prayer, as Acts 1:13-14, 2:1-4, 2:37-47 tell us. Look up Acts 4:23-31 and notice that it was prayer that immediately preceded this wonderful outpouring of blessing. The revivals at Samaria (Acts 8:5-8), Antioch (Acts 11:19-26), Philippi (Acts 16:25-34) and Ephesus (Acts 19:1-7 and 18-20) were all preceded by prayer.
- 4. The inspiring records of revivals that have occurred in more recent times prove it. The Moravian revival; the revival under David Brainerd, Whitefield, and the Wesleys; the revivals in 1857 and 1859, the revivals under Moody and Sankey, and under Torrey and Alexander, the awakening in Wales in 1904, and the undoubted (though possibly restricted) movement of the Holy Spirit in more recent times in the Hebrides, in London and in Scotland, where there have most certainly been times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord - all these were preceded by much prayer. As the result of prayer God answered by pouring out a great blessing.
- 5. The personal experience of many of us proves it. Have we not prayed and seen the Lord working mightily in answer to our prayers? We have prayed for personal revival (Psalm 138:7); we have prayed for the revival of the work God has committed to our hands (Psalm 85:6); and we have prayed for a revival in the work of God generally (Habakkuk 3:2); and as we have prayed, always God has sent revival, in some measure, in answer to our prayers.
2. THE KIND OF PRAYER THAT PROMOTES REVIVAL
What kind of prayer is it that precedes and promotes the outpouring of divine blessing upon our lives or upon the work of God generally? Here are some answers to this vital question:-
- 1. Prayer that has come as the result of a deeply-felt need. Have you ever read Nehemiah 1:3-11? If not, please do so now and see how the need in Jerusalem drove Nehemiah to his knees to seek the Lord in prayer. How burdened this man was! As he heard of the state of Jerusalem he wept over it - and so did the Lord Jesus (Luke 19:41). Have we any tears?
- 2. Prayer that is marked by a Spirit-born intensity. Look up Isaiah 44:3; 66:8; Daniel 9:3-22. In biblical days, when the need was very urgent, the people of God would fast as well as pray - compare 2 Chronicles 20:2-30; Ezra 8:21-23; Nehemiah 1:3-4 - and they held on to the Lord until the blessing came - compare 1 Samuel 15:11; Luke 11:5-10; 18:1-8. What sacrifices are we willing to make in order that we may experience revival, either in our own lives or in our church?
- 3. Prayer that is linked with wholehearted obedience. Read Joshua chapter 7, particularly noting verses 6-9. As surely as we begin really to pray the Lord will reveal those things in our lives that need to be removed before revival can come. Instant obedience is what the Lord wants - look up Acts 5:32.
- 4. Prayer that is accompanied by a child- faith. Compare Genesis 18:14; Matthew 13:58; 17:20; 21:22; Mark 9:23; 11:24; Hebrews 11:6; 1 John 5:14-15. Just think what faith Elijah had! - James 5:16-18. How we need to pray the prayer of Luke 17:5!
- 5. Prayer that is offered with a God-glorifying motive. James 4:3 is our guide. What is our motive for wanting revival? It should be that our Lord Jesus Christ may see of the suffering of His soul and be satisfied (Isaiah 53:11).
A Prayer for God’s Help in Times of Trouble
“May your God, who you serve continually, rescue you!” – Daniel 6:16
The Story of Daniel: The Power of Prayer and Faith in Times of Great Trouble
If anyone needed help in time of trouble, it was Daniel. This verse finds him sentenced to a pit of lions for praying to and worshiping God (Daniel 6:13-18).
The administrators set to serve under the current reign of King Darius were bent on removing Daniel from his seat.
Daniel had found favor with King Nebuchadnezzar and King Belshazzar prior to King Darius’ reign through his interpretation of dreams and godly wisdom.So, they convinced the king to “issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or man during the next thrifty days, except to you, O king, shall be thrown into the lions den” (Daniel 6:7). The king, not realizing that the “royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed …”(6:7) did not include Daniel, agreed.
The rest is history. We read in Daniel 6 the infamous story of Daniel’s bravery in the face of his choice to worship the Lord over the law (6: 10).
The king, distraught over the decree he was tricked into issuing (Daniel 6:14), nevertheless sealed Daniel into the lion’s den (v. 17). Unable to eat or sleep (v. 18), the king rushed to the den at dawn.
“Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” (vv. 19-20)
“My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions,” came Daniel’s reply from the den.
The decree was reversed, requiring all in the land to worship God, and those who had conspired against Daniel were themselves tossed into the lion’s den.
What Daniel’s Story Teaches Us about the Power of Prayer and Faith
When we are pressed up against troubling times, let us look to Daniel’s example of how to gather strength in times of distress. Turning to God for justice and answers was not new territory for Daniel. It was habit. He prayed habitually. He looked to the Lord routinely.
If we establish a daily habit of turning to God in our lives, it’s more ly to be our immediate reaction in times of trouble.
There is no way around spending time with God: we must have a relationship with Him in order to experience His peace. We must spend time in the Word. We must spend time in prayer.
Pausing to look at our current situation in the light of His perspective is the essential path to taking hold of His peace.
Christ died to give us full access to our great God. We can look to His Word, look up to Him in prayer, and embrace the power of the Holy Spirit at work within us.
The societal misconception is that we possess the strength to pull ourselves trouble. But if we rely on our own strength, we’ll surely fail. It’s His strength that makes our salvation possible.
Walking with Christ isn’t about striving for perfection, but straining towards submission.
A Prayer You Can Pray for God’s Help in Times of Trouble:
We praise You for Daniel’s life and legacy, that we are able to read and study his life here today. Thank you for the glimpse you give us of his powerfully prophetic life. Thank you for this book of Scripture and how we can see Christ in it.
Daniel, we know Jesus faithfully endured the punishment for obedience to you. But un Daniel, you did not spare him from the “mouth of the lions.
” You let Your Son die a brutal death on the Cross, paying the penalty for our sins, and through his resurrection You’ve given us eternal life and access to Your glory. Oh Lord – thank You!
In every situation in our lives, may we remember that You are sovereign over all. Justice rightfully sits in Your hands, not ours. You are bigger. You are in control. You are omnipotent – all-present in times of trouble. Just Daniel, we can trust You with our lives. It’s Your purpose that puts our feet on earth.May every trial we go through in this life bring us closer to You. Our prayer today is for our enemies, our conspirators, and our foes. We are all imperfect, and You love us all equally. Help us to leave justice at Your feet, seeking peace and the Spirit’s sensitivity before lifting the gate on our emotions.
Protect our hearts from bitterness and suspicions, comparison and insecurity. Teach us to be confident in You, alone. Right our hearts to place You at the helm. Bless our minds to run to You for solutions to problems that put our backs up against walls. Help us to resist gossip and slander, blame and unnecessary attacks on the character of others.
May the story of Your angel, who shut the mouths of the lions, help us to remember Your power and promise. When we are in trouble, help us to remember the cross. In the direst situation of all, Christ conquered death.
In a quickly crumbling world, let us be shards of light. May we be peacekeepers, and extensions of Your love. We’re not promised this world will be easy or fair, but You guarantee Your presence and Your love. Grant us courage to stick to Your standards. You are good, all the time.
In Jesus’ Name,
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Meg Bucher (Megs) encourages others to seek Him first through her life as a stay-at-home mom, career as a freelance writer, teaching Emoti-moms Weekly Bible Study, and leading the kids worship teams at her local church. She resides in a small, Northern lake town with her husband of ten years, two daughters, and their Golden-doodle. Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ on her blog, //sunnyand80.org.
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Times of Refreshing and the Restoration of All Things
And now, brethren, I also know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled.
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for establishing all that God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old.
In just few minutes we will hear the choir sing a compositioncalled “Gloria” by John Rutter. You can see from your worship foldersthat the content of the piece is mainly praise: it begins and endswith, “Glory to God in the highest!”
Three Reasons for Singing, “Glory to God”
What I want to do in preparation is to put in your head and inyour heart three clear, Bible-based reasons for why we should sing,”Glory to God in the highest!” I want there to be truth in yourminds that makes you feel about this music—”Yes, that's whatwe ought to say! That's what we ought do! Yes, God is worthy ofthat! Sing it choir! Sing it!” And we will rise up and join themwith “O Come All Ye Faithful” at the end.
We will take the next five verses in the book of Acts (3:17–21)as the basis of three great reasons for singing, “Glory to God inthe highest.”
GOD FULFILLS HIS HOPE-GIVING PROMISES IN SPITE OF ANDTHROUGH THE OPPOSITION OF IGNORANT PEOPLE.
Acts 3:17–18: “And now, therefore, brethren, I know that youacted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretoldby the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, hethus fulfilled.”
What highlights the glory of God in these verses is that thepeople who opposed Jesus and betrayed him and slandered him andmocked him and crucified him were all ignorant of God's purposes,and what was really happening. Yet verse 18 says that it isprecisely through the opposition of this ignorance that Godfulfilled all his promises that Christ should suffer for sinnersand bear the sins of many.
This means that when God decrees to fulfill some good purposefor us, no amount of opposition from ignorance or godlessness canstop him. He will simply make all opposition and all ignoranceserve his purpose.
That's reason #1 for why we should be full of praise thismorning, and sing, “Glory to God in the highest”: God fulfills hishope-giving promises in spite of and through the opposition ofignorant people.
GOD WIPES AWAY ALL THE SINS OF PEOPLE WHO REPENT ANDTURN TO CHRIST.
Verse 19: “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins maybe blotted out.”
The reason God fulfilled what the prophets spoke about thesuffering of the Messiah was so that the suffering of Jesus would be thetriumph over all guilt. The prophet said, “He was wounded for ourtransgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was thechastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we arehealed.”
So if you repent toward God this morning and turn to trust thiscrucified and risen Messiah, Jesus, all your sins will be wipedaway. It's a beautiful word—the same one used in Revelationfor the wiping away of every tear.
That's the second reason for singing, “Glory to God in the highest” this morning. God wipes away all the sins of all whorepent and turn to Christ.
GOD WILL ONE DAY ESTABLISH THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST UPONTHIS EARTH.
Notice, as I read these final verses, three wonderful things aboutthis future kingdom—our future.
Acts 3:19b–21: “19b) . . .
that times of refreshing might comefrom the presence of the Lord [#1, our future will be an age ofrefreshment; we really will mount up with wings eagles], 20)and that he [God] may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus [#2,our future will be with Jesus; finally we will see and know himface-to-face], 21) whom heaven must receive until the time forestablishing all that God spoke by the mouth of holy prophets fromof old [#3, literally it reads: 'until the times for therestoration of all things.' So our future will be in a new world the garden of Eden. Things will be restored. Not just it.But it and better! All pain, all tragedy, all catastrophe, allfrustration, all futility will be gone].”
So that's reason #3 for singing to God this morning. Let me sumthem all up and send us into the Gloria with hearts full of truth.And it may be that what the truth and the music do for you ismake you hungry for prayer about some need in your life. If so, weinvite you to find one of our prayer teams after the service andask them to pray with you about it.
THREE REASONS TO SOAR WITH THE CHOIR AS THEY GIVE GLORYTO GOD.
- Reason #1. God fulfills his hope-giving promises in spite of and through the opposition of ignorant people.
- Reason #2. God wipes away all the sins of people who repent and turn to Christ.
- Reason #3. God will one day establish the kingdom of Christ on the earth.
It will be a time of refreshing. It will be a time with Jesusface to face. It will be a time when everything will be restored tobeauty and goodness and truth to the glory of God.
Choral Praise The Sanctuary Choir Dean Palermo, Director
GLORIAby John Rutter
Gloria in excelsis Deo (glory in the highest to God)! And onearth be peace among all men who are of good will.
We praise Your name, and we bless Your great name! We adore Yourname, and we glorify Your name!Thank You, Lord, we give You thanks for Your mercy. Giving allthe glory to You, Lord. Gloria in excelsis Deo!
O Lord God, King of glory God our Father, the Almighty King. Youare the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ.
O Lord God, Lamb of God, You are the only Son of the Father, OLord God, Son of the Father, You are the Almighty King of Glory!
You bear the sin of Your children, Lord, have mercy on us.
Hear our prayer as we cry to You for mercy. You intercede beforethe Father, Lord, have mercy on us.
For the Lord is high and holy You are the only Lord God andFather of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And with the Holy Ghost in glory to the Father. Amen. Gloria inexcelsis Deo! Amen!