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Praying And Fasting For A Breakthrough

Have you been waiting for a breakthrough? Turns out, fasting is one of the most powerful spiritual tools you have at your disposal. The Bible has many examples of people fasting before a major victory, miracle, or answer to prayer. In this message at Saddleback Church, Pastor Rick Warren shares how to pray and fast for a breakthrough. You'll learn how to overcome your barriers and experience personal, financial, emotional, or spiritual breakthrough.

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What Are You Seeking — Part 2

Rick Warren
November 19-20, 2016

"When the Philistines learned that David had been made king of Israel, they mobilized all of their forces against him to attack and enslave him, but David heard the news and moved to his fortified place. Then the Philistine army moved in and spread out across the entire valley. So David sought the Lord in prayer. He asked 'Should I go fight these Philistines? Will you give them over to me?' The Lord replied, 'Yes, go ahead! You can certainly count on me to give you the victory!' So David went out and defeated them. Then David said, 'I watched the Lord break through my enemies like a mighty flood.' So he named the place 'The Lord Broke Through!'" 1 Chronicles 14:8-11

"After this, 3 enemies joined forces against Judah. Messengers told the king 'A vast army is coming against you!' Alarmed and afraid, King Jehoshaphatresolved to seek the Lord.  Then he proclaimed a FAST for everyone. So ALL of people came together to seek help from the LordThey came from everywhere to seek God." 2 Chronicles 20:1-4



    "Do not worry about anything!" Philippians 4:6a (NLT)

    "Don't fret or fear or have ANY anxiety. . ." Philippians 4:6a  (Amp)

    WORRY is focusing on my fears instead of God. 

    "Thinking that is controlled by my sinful nature leads to death, but thinking controlled by the Spirit, leads to life and peace." Romans 8:6

    How do I switch my focus? By fasting and praying 

    "I turned to the Lord and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting." Daniel 9:3

    "We fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer." Ezra 8:23 (NLT)

ACTION PLAN:   If you did not get the chance to fast today (Monday, November 21), choose a day this week to do so (for Pastor Rick's Guide to Fasting & Prayer, click here). Also, make a commitment to pray three-times a day for the next 34 days (


    "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need. . ." Philippians 4:6b (NLT)

    "Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you." 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

    "Every day Lord, I lift my hands to you in prayer and I call to you." Psalm 88:9

    LEFT: WHO to pray for 
    Thumb:  Family & Friends 
    Index: Teachers & Leaders 
    Tallest: Influencers      
    Ring: The Sick, Poor, Young & Elderly 
    Small: Myself         

    RIGHT: WHAT to pray
    Thumb: My Heart

    Index: Priorities & Schedule
    Tallest: My Influence & Example
    Ring: Relationships

    Small: Material Blessings

ACTION PLAN:  Make a list for each finger on your left hand and one for each finger on your right hand to start the practice of how to pray each time, three times a day.  This list is just to get you started, see what else God may bring up during your prayer time.


    ". . . ask God for whatever you need, but always do it with thanksgiving, asking him with a thankful heart for all he's done." Philippians 4:6c

    "Give thanks IN all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

    "I will offer you my sacrifice of thanksgiving. . ."  Psalm 116:17a (NLT)


  1. By writing out a thank you list

    "Tell the Lord how thankful you are. . ."      Psalm 118:1 (CEV)
  2. By giving God a Thanksgiving offering

    "Celebrate the Harvest Festival, to honor the Lord your God, by bringing him a thanksgiving offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you."          Deuteronomy 16:10 (TEV)

ACTION PLAN:   Write out your list of things you want to thank God for. Pray about giving a Thanksgiving Offering and make a commitment to give this week.


    "Fix your thoughts on things that are TRUE and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable, and fill your mindwith thoughts that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8(NLT) 

    Mornings: Pastor Rick's DAILY HOPE devotions (email & podcast)
    Evenings: Pastor Tom's DRIVETIME devotions (audio)

    "If you do this you'll experience God's peace, which is far more powerful than we can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and emotionsat rest as you trust in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7

ACTION PLAN:  Sign up to receive Pastor Rick's Daily Hope for morning devotions ( and Pastor Tom's Drivetime Devotions for evening devotions ( or download the brand new Drivetime Devotions app!).  Spend time with these devotions everyday and share anything that you are learning with somebody else.

Seeking God for a Breakthrough
November 20 - December 11, 2016Watch Series
  • Praying And Fasting For A Breakthrough
    November 20, 2016
  • Thanking God In Advance For Your Breakthrough
    November 27, 2016
  • Talking To Your Heavenly Father
    December 4, 2016
  • Why Must I Keep Praying Persistently?
    December 11, 2016