Lead Pastors Preston and Becky Jones of Redeemed City Church in Yakima, Washington, have a desire to see people experience God’s power in their lives. And the only way to do that, they say, is to pray through, to “take the time necessary to reach breakthrough,” says Preston.
The two unpack the concept of breakthrough prayer on the latest episode of The Prayer Room podcast on the Charisma Podcast Network. First, says Preston, “You’ve got to be willing to put your time in.”
Becky agrees. When you pray, “you have to begin to silence the voices and bring your mind and heart all the way in,” she says. “… waiting on Him and hearing the voice of God and allowing God just to do a work in you in the prayer room so you can get to that breakthrough.”
Preston explains that this type of prayer is more than saying grace at the dinner table or praying a quick bedtime prayer. “This is, “I cried to the Lord and He heard me. This is Psalm 61 … “Oh God, attend to my prayer. From the ends of the earth will I cry out … these are the prayers that get God’s attention,” he says.
When we pray perfunctory prayers, they don’t even hurt the enemy of our souls, Preston says. “He doesn’t mind the fact that you’re praying. I don’t think that he even cares that you’re praying a little bit—that doesn’t bother him,” he says. “But when people begin to get into places where they pray through, and they break through, because that’s where change happens … when we start shifting, when you start feeling that environmental shift because of your prayer, when you start feeling that lifestyle shift because of your prayer, that’s when the devil gets mad.”
To hear more of Preston and Becky Jones’ teaching on breakthrough prayer, listen to the entire podcast here.