Its' Got To Get Better, page 2
8 Steps to a Spiritual Breakthrough
Step 1. CALL ON THE NAME OF JESUS No spiritual breakthrough is greater or more important than receiving salvation by faith in Christ and what He did on the cross for us. It is through His blood we are reconciled to God. Without the shedding of His blood, there is no remission of our sins. (Hebrews 9:22) God didn't give everything for us in His Son because there are other ways. We cannot experience the other breakthroughs God has for us until we first receive and believe in Jesus. We do this by calling on His Name to save us. (Romans 10:13)
Step 2. PRAYER Ephesians 6:12 clarifies something, "Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Often the spiritual breakthroughs we need are brought about through prayer, not by asking favors of people, or pushing for our own way. Stop looking to people for your breakthrough, and start storming the gates of heaven through prayer.
3. PERSISTENT PRAYER Jesus shared a story about prayer about an elderly lady who banged on a judge's door until he brought justice. Jesus taught in the same way, we should be persistent in our prayers, and our Father in heaven "will see that we get justice, and quickly." (See Luke 18:1-8)
4. FASTING Jesus taught that some spiritual breakthroughs will not happen without prayer and fasting. (See Mark 9:14-29) It has been said "When you abstain through fasting, it shows God you're serious. And God takes that seriously, if the cause honors Him. The reality is some spiritual breakthroughs are only possible with the combination of prayer and fasting. It's amazing how many defining moments in my life and ministry trace back to seasons of fasting."