10 Keys to Spiritual Breakthrough

This Bible Study is adapted from a sermon authored by Tony Upton, an Elder and Preacher at Waters of Mercy.
Adapted and posted by admin on January 12, 2019
Have you been praying for a spiritual breakthrough in your life? Maybe you were praying for something to change in your life, or maybe you’re praying for God to help you change from the inside out? The Bible has powerful instructions on encountering God and experiencing a spiritual breakthrough in your life:
  1. Call on the name of Jesus
  2. Prayer
  3. Persistent prayer
  4. Fasting
  5. Faith
  6. Align with God’s will
  7. Patience
  8. Forgiveness
  9. Repentance
  10. Stand still and watch God work

Call on the name of Jesus

No spiritual breakthrough is greater or more important than receiving Salvation by faith in Christ in what he did on the cross for us. It’s through His blood we are reconciled to God. Read Hebrews 9:22


Read Ephesians 6:12 Often the spiritual breakthroughs we need are brought about through prayer, not by asking favors of people or pushing for our ways. Stop looking to people for your breakthroughs and start storming the gates of heaven through prayer.

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 this in Luke 18:1-8.


Jesus taught that some spiritual breakthrough this will not happen without prayer and fasting. Read Mark 9:14-29 When you abstain through fasting, it shows God that you are serious, and God takes that seriously if He is honored. The reality is some spiritual breakthroughs are only possible with the combination of prayer and fasting. For more on fasting, read Isaiah 58:3-8. In other words, zealous prayer combined with diligent obedience to God, with the added impact of faith and fasting leads to breaking forth from the bonds of sin and the chains of spiritual slavery. It is the key to overcoming all problems, faults, sins, oppressions, weakness, and obstacles in life.


Faith is one of the essential ingredients of healthy daily Christianity. Read Hebrews 11:6. Jesus also taught us to pray in faith. Read Mark 11:24. Even the smallest amounts of faith will do powerful things. Read Matthew 17:20. It is often not enough to 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 He is a good Father. Read Matthew 7:7-11

Alignment with God’s will

We shouldn’t just pray for anything we want, but instead, it should be our goal to pray for everything God wants for us. We need God to give us new and better desires that are pleasing to him. Read 1 John 5:14 How do we know God’s will? By spending time in His Word. There are few things more powerful than praying the Word because it is the expressed will of God on the earth.


Patience may sound surprising, but faith is not enough to receive what you ask for in prayer. Read Hebrews 6:12 We need to couple faith with 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.


Jesus didn’t mess around. Read Matthew 6: 14-15 Forgiveness is not an emotion; it is a choice. Sometimes forgiveness is a decision 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 breakthrough immediately.


God didn’t save our souls so that we can wallow in sinfulness. He saved us to do good works. He doesn’t ask us to pray a prayer of salvation while we run the other way. He calls us to follow him. Read Colossians 2:6-7 If you have put your faith in Jesus but are experiencing spiritual issues, could there be something you need to repent of and turn away from?

Stand still and watch God work

“Be still” is a powerful promise that encouraged many believers over the years. Read 2 Chronicles 20:17
When you have done all of these 10 steps to spiritual breakthrough, this final promise is surely for you. You will not need to fight, Just stand still and watch God work mightily on your behalf.

Tony Upton serves as an Elder and regularly preaches at Waters of Mercy Independent Church of God in Westboro, Ohio