Prayer was the hallmark of Jesus’s ministry. Throughout His life, the Savior maintained a close connection–a lifeline, really—between Himself and the Father. When you study the ministry of Jesus, what you see is that, consistently and intentionally, He always communicated with the Father through prayer. Often, He would withdraw to a quiet place, and talk to His Father one on one (Matthew 26:36, Mark 1:35, Luke 9:18, Luke 11:1).
Just as it was for Him, so it should also be for us. One of the great church historians and leaders of the early 1900s—a man by the name of Samuel Chadwick—said this: “Satan dreads nothing but prayer. His one concern is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, or prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil and he mocks our wisdom; but he trembles when we pray.”
Why is this the case? Because the next thing that God is going to do—the next level of breakthrough in your life—is only going to come through prayer. So many individuals have been texting me and emailing me and telling me about where they are and what they’re going through, and expressing stress. My wife and I have been interceding for a number of people. And every time I go to God on their behalf—every time I intercede for their situation—the Holy Spirit keeps saying, “But this breakthrough is only going to come through prayer.”
Even when there are things that come that are frustrating, God keeps saying, “Take it to Me in prayer.” Because this level of breakthrough, wherein you’re pressing in for your family, and even for the things that you’re believing God for, is only going to come through prayer.
Remember the time the disciples tried to cast out a demon, and couldn’t? They asked Jesus, “Why could we not cast it out?” Jesus replied in Luke 9:29, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” The more we pray, and the more we know God, the more we’ll see breakthrough happen in our lives—and the lives of those around us. If prayer was essential for Jesus, it ought to be essential for us as well. Don’t simply seek breakthrough—seek the God of the breakthrough. Seek His face, seek to draw closer to Him, and seek His will for your life. Then, breakthrough will come as a byproduct of your relationship to Him.