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When God’s People Pray (by Jim Cymbala)

When God's People Pray (by Jim Cymbala)

Prayer can change people’s lives and circumstances like nothing else can! Are you discouraged in prayer because it seems God hasn’t changed your circumstances like you expected? When God’s People Pray will revive your confidence in God and His promises to answer your prayers.

In this DVD/study guide series, Jim Cymbala, pastor of Brooklyn Tabernacle, shares truths about prayer that God has used to turn his own church from a tiny, struggling inner-city congregation into a vital, thriving community of believers who pray with passion, focus, and faith. Featuring teachings by Jim Cymbala and video interviews of ordinary people who have received extraordinary answers to their prayers, the sessions help us pray with new confidence. The sessions are:

  1. God’s Heart for Us
  2. The Amazing Power of Prayer
  3. Obedience in Prayer
  4. The Word of God and Prayer
  5. Why Prayer Matters
  6. Creating a Prayer Ministry in Your Church

This video is Session One, “God’s Heart for Us.”  In his teaching (which is more interview style than podium style), Jim Cymbala says:

“Prayer is the most essential thing found in the Bible along with faith in God. In fact, some have maintained that it’s true without faith it’s impossible to please God, but the only way to know where there’s real faith is to see where there’s prayer. Because if someone really believes in God, they instinctively begin to call on the name of the Lord.

“And that’s how religion began. In the fourth chapter of Genesis we find out this little obscure verse that not many people notice, ‘Then man began to call on the name of the Lord’….This instinct is in both Old and New Testament. When we call God has promised to answer. This is at the very foundation of religion: that God is a prayer answering God and we don’t have to give up and just give in to fear or give in to hopelessness. We can bring our hopeless situations to God and God says, ‘This is how I will glorify my name: When you call, I will answer and then people will see how great I am and how faithful I am to my people.'”

~ Jim Cymbala

Not only does the video include teaching by Jim Cymbala, there is an interview with Danny Velaso. A woman named Wanda never gave up praying for Danny…and God answered! Watch this encouraging story:

When God’s People Pray by Jim Cymbala

Video: “God’s Heart for Us” — Session One from:



When God’s People Pray Six Session DVD
By Jim Cymbala

Cymbala study guide copy


When God’s People Pray Study Guide
By Jim Cymbala


A Moment of Worship: God’s Promise

brooklyn tab amazed


God’s Promise featuring the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
From the album I’m Amazed…Live


Bible Reading: Genesis 4:26; Psalm 4:3; Romans 10:12; Jeremiah 33:3;
James 4:2; Psalm 18:5-6

Focus Questions: Have you been giving in to fear or hopelessness regarding a circumstance or loved one? How did God encourage you through this video to pray expectantly to Him?




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3 Responses to “When God’s People Pray (by Jim Cymbala)”

  1. Christopher says:

    Natalie, how can I know if my repentance and faith is genuine and acceptable to God? I was gloriously converted about three years ago as evidenced by a drastic change in personality, a love for God and His Word, a burden for the lost, a contriteness of heart and an almost palpable sense of His presence. I backslid foolishly, failing to crucify sins of lust, and after a chastisement of epic proportions, have sought to return. I pour my heart out in tears to God daily, have immersed myself in sermons and Scripture throughout the day but somehow my walk isn't the same. I despair, have become dangerously introspective and anxious, and don't have the same assurance as before. How can I know if the Lord has accepted me? Although I'm experiencing victory over besetting sins, how do I know it isn't flesh? I dread that Hebrews 6:4-6, Hebrews 12:14-17 and often ponder whether the Master has risen to shut the door. I'm loving the Lord according to His Word; through obedience, but is it love or fear? My heart feels cold, my life is completely out of sorts, and there is an emptiness. Am I sorry enough for sins? I'm so fearful that I've crossed a line. I'm more confident now than I was months ago but the doubts linger and often return full strength. Chris..

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