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Need a Breakthrough?

Do you believe in breakthrough?

I do.

Years ago I was laid off from my teaching job a half hour from our home in the Sierra Valley–due to budget cutbacks. I loved my work teaching fourth and fifth grade students, and it was heart breaking having to say goodbye to my teacher friends.

I remember one of the last staff meetings when my principal began talking about plans for the next year–assignments and building changes. All of a sudden I understood that I would have nothing to do with those plans and bolted from the room in tears.

Nonetheless, I believed that God was about to do a work for my family. I felt somehow he would make a teaching spot right in my little town of 1,200 for me . . . even though there were no openings.

I cast my resume upon the nearby school districts’ waters but heard nothing all summer long. Even so, I kept praying . . . and praying . . . and praying. My income was essential to my family, as my husband was in the beginning years of ranching. But I also believed that God would provide even something better, so that I could be closer to where my kids were going to school.

Then finally the last week of summer not just one but TWO English teachers retired from the district in my little town, and the high school principal called to ask me if I would like to take the long-term sub job teaching junior high and senior high English, grades 7, 8, 9, and 11 in the two separate schools.

Breakthrough. God answered my prayers . . . and I did indeed get the permanent position, eventually teaching juniors and seniors and serving as academic advisor and a virtual vice principal. And whoop whoop . . . my half-hour commute each day became a ninety-second one!

Jesus gave us a parable to show us that we should always pray and not give up.

In the Parable of the Persistent Widow in Luke 18:1-8, we learn of a widow who kept going to an unjust day after day, asking, “Grant me justice against my adversary” (Luke 18:3)

She was the squeaky wheel, eventually wearing the cranky guy down until he said, “Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!” (Luke 18:4-5).

Jesus goes on to teach us that our God is a just Judge. He welcomes our petitions. He desires relationship with us. He wants to fulfill our needs and heart’s desires.

So, we should keep showing up in court and asking. And in the process, as we seek our Judge and lay out those petitions on his desk, we will be part of the breakthrough as our countenance begins to look more like his.

Dear friends, keep Looking Up! How can I pray for you today?

Janet McHenry is an award-winning speaker and the author of 24 books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest on prayer, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She would LOVE to be considered as the speaker for your next event and be contacted through her website at

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