(contains excerpts from Pastor Franklin’s Breakthrough Prayer)
According to the dictionary:
Breakthrough: a sudden, dramatic and important advance.
2 Samuel 5:17-20 NASB
War with the Philistines
17 When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek out David; and when David heard of it, he went down to the stronghold. 18 Now the Philistines came and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim. 19 Then David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You give them into my hand?” And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.” 20 So David came to Baal-perazim and defeated them there; and he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like the breakthrough of waters.” Therefore he named that place Baal-perazim.
Which translates: The Master of Breakthrough or “The Lord who Bursts Through.”
God broke through the scene and through the resistance of the enemy. Doors that were shut were opened. Everything changed because of the Lord of the Breakthroughs. David said, “The Lord came onto this place where I was fighting for my life and gave me a breakthrough.” So David called the place, “The Lord mastered my breakthrough.”
Some of you need:
- a financial breakthrough
- a health breakthrough
- a relationship breakthrough
- a breakthrough in addiction
Is anyone here today at a place where you are stuck? At a standstill?
I have GOOD NEWS:
God wants to give you a BREAKTHROUGH
As we join with tens of thousands across our country for 21 Days of Prayer, we are seeking God for Breakthroughs. In other words, we are not going to look at the standstill or what is stuck.
WE ARE GOING TO SEEK GOD!
According to Mark 9, there are things that do not happen until we fast and pray.
Breakthroughs never happen to anyone in the Bible who did not seek them. No one in the Bible got a BIG major breakthrough who didn’t seek it.
Fasting is a sign to God that you are serious about not staying in the condition you are in…
So this was going on with David:
David had just been chosen king. The Philistines came to attack him.
NOTE: the enemy never comes to congratulate you when you are being used by God.
The Philistines came to seek David’s head. They were going to kill him.
And isn’t that how life goes? A mountain top then a valley. A new king then a war. A victory then a test. The enemy comes at you and what do you do?
The Bible says David went to his fortified place, his stronghold. And David prayed. He inquires of God.
This is what I love about David: The enemy is out there. They are spreading their forces in the valley ready to engage in battle. David still prays. He doesn’t assume anything. he seeks the Lord. He is a man after God’s own heart. Even though he is a warrior by nature, a conqueror who has already killed tens of thousands. But he doesn’t assume anything.
David prayed. He asked God first, “Should I fight this battle?” “Will you deliver them into my hands?”
On this fast, and always, ask God first, “What battles should I fight?”
Should I get in this legal battle? Do I need to get in that financial battle? Do I need to get in that relational battle? Should I make an issue at work? With this person? Lord, should I do it?
And when David asked, God said, “Yes, fight this battle. I’ll go with you. I’ll go before you.” And the Bible says that God came and defeated David’s enemy. David saw the breakthrough and gave the Lord, the Master of the Breakthrough credit for the victory.
I believe that is going to happen to you on this 21 Days Fast.
- Rarely does the breakthrough come during the 21 Days. It usually comes on down the road, and yet, there are times when it comes on day 1.
- David’s valley of trouble became the valley of blessing because he sought the Lord.
- It is my prayer for each of you, that you will look back on these 21 days and say, “That was the place of breakthrough in my life. I am naming it Baal-Perazim. The God of Bursts has burst open the doors that were closed.
- We need breakthroughs in our homes, in our families and in our careers. We need breakthroughs in our ideas, in our creativity. We need breakthroughs inured clarity where God gives us direction and peace about what His will is for our life.
Believe for a Year of Breakthroughs!
Remember the mountain tops and then the valleys? Well if you read on to the end of chapter 5, the Philistines came to attack David again! They came back for round two. And again, David inquired of the Lord.
Wait! Do you see this? It’s the same scene. The same enemy. The same valley. The same setting and David prays again!
What a great example David is in this. I would probably say, “Look! We just took on this same group in the same setting— I don’t need to pray about this! To go to all the effort of inquiring of the Lord: calling the priest, offering sacrifices, going through all that ritual—I don’t need to do that—obviously! I’ve already prayed. Let’s go take ‘em!”
But David didn’t do that. He sought the Lord again.
What would it look like if in every decision that comes our way we sought the Lord? Well, we’d be praying all day! That’s right! Just talking away to the Lord. So David does this. He inquired of the Lord again. He didn’t assume.
But his time the Lord said you are not to go up. You are to go around. The Lord said, “I’m changing the plans, David.”
The enemy is in the balsam trees so go around. That is where their supplies are, their extra reserve units. This will be a sneak attack. The you hear the balsam leaves moving— then attack!
I’ve seen these trees in Israel. They have very delicate leaves that pick up on the slightest movement of air. So what is happening here?
It could be that the Holy Spirit is causing the leaves to move supernaturally— the Holy Spirit does move like the wind. Or is could be that the Philistines in the trees are breaking camp and their moving about is causing the leaves to move? Which is it? The supernatural work of the Holy Spirit? The movement of the enemy in the trees? It doesn’t matter!
The Holy Spirit moves in supernatural, natural ways!
So if I am seeking the Lord and submitting to Him and wanting to do His will for my life, whether it is a supernatural miracle or naturally supernatural, the Lord is in it all!
The Lord said, “When you hear those leaves flutter, then go for it!” David obeyed and smote the Philistines again and took back Jerusalem from the Philistines.
Before David took another step, he brought the ark of the covenant, the presence of God to Jerusalem. He wanted the glory of God in this city that he just took.
All of us should make that our desire, that the glory of the Lord, His presence, would be in this church, in this city, in everything are do. In our families, in our children, in our hearts. Would that bring the breakthroughs we are looking for?
It is worthwhile to ask:
Do we sometimes miss the blessing in the valley because we don’t seek the Master of the Breakthrough first? Because we don’t desire His presence in every area of our lives?
Here is God’s response:
Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33.
Today’s Prayer Focus is for our Church Leaders. Pray for our Pastor, elders, ministry leaders and staff, dream team and small group leaders. Pray for breakthrough in their ministries and in their lives.