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10 Steps to a Spiritual Breakthrough
Step 5. FAITH Faith is one of the most essential ingredients of healthy daily Christianity. Hebrews 11:6 says, "He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Jesus also taught us to pray in faith believing and we will receive what we ask for (Mark 11:24), and that even the smallest amount of faith will do powerful things. (Matthew 17:20)
It's not enough to just pray about something. We need to pray with faith and confidence in our gracious and good Father who rewards us when we diligently seek Him. We should pray with faith, not just that God will give us what we want, but that He is a good Father (See Matthew 7:7-11), and He will give us what we need the most. God always gives us what we would pray for, if we knew everything He knows.
Step 6. PATIENCE This may sound surprising, but faith is not enough to receive what you ask for in prayer. Hebrews 6:12 elaborates, "Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised." Faith, and ... patience. Often we do not receive what we are praying for right away. We must keep on praying with persistence and patience. We should patiently pray, trust and await God's gracious help.
Step 6. FORGIVE Jesus didn't mess around - He said, if you are holding on to offense, hatred, or grudges, the devil will have a foothold in your life (Ephesians 4:26-27), and you won't be able to experience the forgiveness and peace of God in your life. (See Matthew 6:14-15) Forgiveness is not an emotion, it is a choice. Sometimes a choice you need to make on a daily basis, to forgive as Christ commanded you. God will strengthen you to be able to forgive, when you don't feel you can. When you forgive people who have hurt you and sinned against you, you will feel a powerful sense of God's presence break through immediately.