When they need a financial breakthrough, most people have no trouble asking God for help. As Christians, we are taught to "make our requests known" through prayer. We understand that there is power in prayer. We understand that there is power in prayer. And when you have an urgent financial need, you don't have time to wait. You need all the power you can get and you need it fast! Right?
Unfortunately, too often, we fail to see that power work in a timely manner-if at all. But how can that be? Scripture assures us that God hears our prayers and is faithful to answer, right? So what's the problem? Why don't we get what we're asking God for-when we need it?
To achieve your financial breakthrough you must effectively using the power of prayer !! That's why! You see, the power of prayer is not found solely during time on your knees. This is just the beginning-it's like flipping the switch that sets a series of events in motion. It's the completion of those events that produces the results you desire. So here are four series of events that ignite the power of prayer and expedite your financial breakthrough.
# 1: The Word As The Foundation For Your Financial Breakthrough.
For your prayers to lead to quick results you have to know what to pray. God does honor just any old request. This means you have to find the word on your particular situation. So, the first thing to do is answer the question, "God, what does your word say about how my situation is supposed to be? To help you out, here are a few examples.
If you need money for a basic need like buying food and paying the rent or mortgage, utilities, or for an urgent medical procedure:
Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. (Matthew 6: 32-33 NLT)
For money to pay creditors to avoid losing your car, house, or business:
The Lord says, "I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. (Psalm 91:14 NLT)
Or to overcome poverty or lack and get on the road to prosperity:
Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed. I command you-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1: 8-9 NLT)
Okay, so now you're armed with a few scriptures, now what? How do I use this to help me get what I need?
# 2: A Strong Belief That God Will Provide Your Financial Breakthrough.
Most of the time we believe the word is true for someone else but not for ourselves. You must convince yourself that His word is true not just for your family member, friend or neighbor but that it's true for you! There are two things to do to convince your brain that the word works!
Number one, you must constantly confess the word. Speak these scriptures over and over and over and over. Every time you have a thought contrary to His word, counter that thought by speaking the word out loud. Don't be afraid if others hear you.
Number two, visualize that word being true. You have to see that financial breakthrough happening in your life. As you confess the word, picture it coming true. Engross yourself in that image as if you're already there. Feel every emotion that you'll experience when your breakthrough arrives. Heck! In your mind, go ahead and start planning the party !!!
Okay, got the word, and I'm convinced that it's going to happen for me-not just someone else but me! Now what?
# 3: Actions That Back Up The Belief For Your Financial Breakthrough!
Notice in the scriptures above God says, I will do this if you do that. The biggest mistake that limits the power of prayer and delays your financial breakthrough is lack of proper action after the prayer. We know that without faith it is impossible to please God. And, we know that faith is believing His word. What we forget or tend to discount is that there is work involved in having faith-without works faith is dead. So now it's time to act like the word is true. How do you do that? If God say's that he has provided for your needs then get busy finding out where he's keeping that provision.
But, Arica, you say, what about waiting on the Lord? What about it? When your house is on fire do you sit in the living room waiting for God to put the fire out? Of course not! Then why sit around waiting on a miracle when your lights are about to get cut off or you're about to lose your home? Just because I'm busy doing what I can doesn't mean that I'm not waiting on God. I'll be right where I'm supposed to be when he needs to get my miracle to me. In the meantime, I'm going to do what he says in Matthew 7: 7.
If you need money for basic needs or to keep from losing your car or house ask yourself, "What programs, services, etc. are available to people in this situation?" If you need a job ask, "What must I do get a job?"
Seek out those who can lead you to or provide your financial breakthrough by asking, "What individuals, companies, or government agencies can provide me with all or part of what I need?" "Where are they located?" "How do I get in touch with them?"
Knock on the doors of those that can possibly help you and ask for your financial breakthrough. Find out, "Can you help me?" "Do I qualify?" If not, "Do you know someone who can?" Don't wait for God to magically drop the answer to your prayer in your lap. Get out of the house and find out where he's keeping your financial breakthrough!
# 4: Persistence In Faith For Your Financial Breakthrough.
Now of course there are times when you've done everything you know to do and still don't see your financial breakthrough. What do you do?
Persist in faith-that is, in believing and doing. No matter what it looks like keep using the word of God to combat every thought, emotion or feeling that tries to convince you that your financial breakthrough isn't coming. Keep asking, "What else can be done? Keep seeking," Who else can help? "And keep knocking," Where else can I go? "Before you know it, you'll have your breakthrough and a whole lot more!