Every breakthrough in business, career, academics, marriage and other areas of life is guaranteed by the move of God. It is amazing that some people want to experience breakthroughs in material and physical possessions without breaking through barriers that hinder their relationship with God. In Psalm 24:1, God has made it clear to us that He owns and facilitates every material and physical breakthrough we desire, however the breakthrough expressed as blessings, is for those who seek Him (See Psalm 24:5,6). This is further buttressed by Jesus Christ in Matthew 6:33 – “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” When we constantly seek God and His Kingdom, we stimulate Him to move in response to our heart desires because His Kingdom has every good thing we desire.
One of the ways to seek God in order to provoke His move is prayers. Isaac’s wife, Rebecca, conceived and gave birth to Esau and Jacob because he prayed; Jacob got hold of his father’s blessings because he prayerfully wrestled with God’s minister. The Israelis gained freedom from Egypt because they cried out to God in prayers. More examples abound of how prayers can move God to action. God knows that we need the good things of life, but He wants us to still talk to Him about our desires (See Jeremiah 33:3; Matthew 6:32). He has assured us that He answers prayers but He has given us conditions to fulfil as we pray.
Prayers that Move God
Jesus gave us a prayer model in Matthew 6:9-12 and two important areas of this prayer model are worship and supplication.
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10)
Worship is expressed in verse 9 of Matthew 6, followed by supplication in verse 10. To worship God, we need to acknowledge Him as our source and approach Him with reverence and honor. Worship does not begin and end with just songs, it is our lifestyle – the way we think, talk and act to honor God. For this reason God said in Psalm 24:3-5 that He will release His blessings to those who come to His presence with a pure heart and clean hands – godly lifestyle.
Supplication is praying to God in line with His Word. God’s Word is His will for our lives (See Matthew 6:10). The Bible – the Word of God, is full of God’s promises and prophesies. So each time we pray, we ought to remind Him of His Word by faith as His Kingdom finds full expression in our lives when we pray according to His will. We must present the right (See Job 6:25) Word to Him as basis for every breakthrough we desire as He won’t do anything beyond the boundary of what His Word provides.
“And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us.” (1st John 5:14)
So we must let the Word of God dwell in us richly (See John 15:7) and use it appropriately to provoke God’s move because He honors His Word more than His name (See Psalm 138:2b). The level of our breakthrough or deliverance in life is determined by the level of the knowledge of God’s Word we have.
You cannot provoke God to move in your favor when you are far from Him. He wants you to draw close to Him so that He will draw close to you (See James 4:8). You are far from God if you are yet to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Say this prayer of salvation: Lord Jesus, come into my heart. I receive You as my Lord and Savior; I believe that You came, died for me and rose again to save me. Conform me to Your likeness. I declare that I am born again. Amen!
Congratulations! Provoke God’s move as you constantly fellowship with Him.