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Breakthrough Prayer: The Secret of Receiving What You Need from God Hardcover – October 6, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1ST edition (October 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310236266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310236269
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Prayer is an essential part of the devoted Christian's life, Cymbala (Fresh Faith) reminds readers, and the Bible sets forth numerous examples of faithful men and women who prayed constantly. In this inspirational guidebook for committed Christians, the author, the pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, writes that he has seen the power and comfort of prayer not only in the Bible but in his own life, as well as in the lives of his church members, many of whom were personally affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Cymbala assures that God wants to hear and answer people's prayers, and thus people should pray with "certainty" and with "confidence." He gives guidelines for making effective prayers, and suggests that only supplicants who abide by "God's spiritual laws" can expect to have their prayers answered. "An unforgiving spirit, bitterness, secret, sexual sins," he writes, "can stymie our praying." (This is the reason, he says, that he once refused to pray for a man in his Tabernacle-because he lived "in fornication" with his girlfriend.) Cymbala focuses largely on how to use prayer to become filled with joy and to cast away worries or fears, and he spends much of the book explaining how a life of faithful prayer can result in deep, lasting inner peace. Spiced with lively anecdotes-the heroin addict who found God; the disaffected young man who became a soapbox preacher-and punctuated with pullout quotations, Cymbala's impassioned message should bring encouragement to the Christian faithful.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Back Cover

A practical and visionary approach to the principles of prayer that will revolutionize our lives—and enable us to receive all God has for us

Many people are missing the great things God wants to do in their lives because they don’t know how to receive answers to their prayers. This revolutionary book is not a step-by-step guide on how to pray but an inspiring vision that moves people to greater hope as they see the tremendous potential of prayer. Breakthrough Prayer is peppered with amazing stories of answered prayer from the Brooklyn Tabernacle, including the story of the final survivor of the World Trade Center collapse and the prayers she prayed before becoming the last person pulled from the wreckage alive. Unique features include: • Breakthrough to Holiness: What is the connection between how we live and how we pray? • Breakthrough to Power: What are the prayers that really have power with God? • Breakthrough to Listening: How can we learn to recognize God’s answers to our prayers? Jesus said and did only the things he received from the Father. When we do the same, the real potential of our lives will unfold, and prayer will enable us to become people with instructed tongues who are able to sustain others in fearful times—times much like those we face today.

"Voices inside my head were constantly screaming at me. I became like an animal in the street, muttering or yelling out a stream of profanity as people passed by. One day, lying in a hospital bed, close to death, I cried out, Jesus, help me! O God, you’re my only hope! That was the breakthrough prayer that saved my life." –Danny "Talk about breakthrough prayer! I was buried under 110 stories of steel and concrete on 9/11. But God heard my prayer for a miracle." –Genelle "My husband and I had a dream of helping desperate young women. But no banker in his right mind would finance such a venture. So we prayed and God broke through every single obstacle we faced. That was just the beginning of the wonderful roller coaster ride we call ‘faith’." –Grace


More About the Author

Jim Cymbala has been the pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than twenty-five years. The author of the best-selling titles Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire; Fresh Faith; and Fresh Power, he lives in New York City with his wife, Carol Cymbala, who directs the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

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As with all of Jim Cymbala's books this is easy to read yet profound in many ways.
S. Rhatigan
This book gives Biblical guidance to what the heart of prayer should be like and how we can live in the power of Christ through the Holy Spirit.
jeanne dorr
This book was recommended by my pastor and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is searching for a change in their heart and life.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Wolfe Moffat on May 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
To start out, this was my first work by Jim Cymbala. Now I want EVERYTHING he wrote! I really didn't know what to think when I first received this book to read for my own application. While the title may look simplistic, look beyond that. This dives straight into the heart of prayer and faith! Stories from people such as Nicky Cruz, a man who was raised as a devout Hindu and came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. It also had the story of Lynette Mohammed who relied on the joy of the Lord through 9/11. Jim had a chapter on why we shouldn't fear. Awesome. The biblical examples in this book are just witnesses that can reach anyone! Examples of King David, Moses, Solomon, the apostle Paul and even one of my favorite verses out of the book of Habakkuk. This book taught me a lot about myself, and it gave new meaning to praying. It even taught me a little bit about what I need, patience! To wait on God sometimes. To rely on God's joy to be our strength, not ours!
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their walk with God, and so much more! This book is called Breakthrough Prayer. Read it and find out why.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Haynes on October 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm almost finished with this book and I will re-read it. Jim Cymbala talks about a God who loves us and wants to bless His people. We must be serious about prayer by being persistent and not giving up. We must live our lives that will be pleasing to God. He mentions how the Bible shows how God blesses those who call out to him. Also, in this great book are amazing testimonies of people whose lives have been dramatically changed. Buy and read this book and your prayer life will be changed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By sherebiah on November 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Here is the "secret" to Pastor Cymbala's success At Brooklyn Tabernacle--often intense, sacrificial intercessory prayer. The chapter on spiritual warfare re: drug addiction and sexual abuse is a breath of fresh air in contrast to self-centered "christian" psychology that is dominant in the church today. This book presents some troubling questions as Cymbala encourages all Christians to examine themselves against the backdrop of an ever-darkening world. Must reading for pastors with a real shepherd's heart.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By READER on May 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love Jim Cymbala and all that he has done for this world. I have read all of his books, and consider several of them to be my all time favorites.

However, if I am to write an honest review then I must admit that this is not his best book.

I would recommend instead that you look into his earler work: "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire".

Both are about prayer and its influence in our life. Yet "FW,FF" is much more personal, filled with personal stories and humbling insight.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joyce S. MIXSELL on June 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In a believer's life, one of THE most important things - in fact, we can never emphasize its importance too much - is a "prayer". Unfortunately, it is often misunderstood/misused or negelected by a number of modern day Christians. Cymbala's books on prayers are based on real testimonies and solid biblical doctrines, not too heavily influenced by any particular school of theology or denominational teachings. I find this book one of the "purest" and best teachings on prayers written by a modern day preacher (since C.H. Spurgeon). I personally was greatly helped and encouraged by this book (and other books by Cymbala)when I was going through a very tough time, while pleading with the Lord. The Lord has blessed me greatly with Jim Cymbala's books - i.e. the powerful testimonies of the ordinary people at Brooklyn Tabernacle in the presence of their Mighty God - and I give all thanks and praises to Jesus Christ my King! I pray you will read this book and be "inspired" and encouraged (by the Holy Spirit) as much as I have been. In my humble opinion, this is not just an excerpt or a repetition of his previous books. I'd rather call it a great "conclusion" of Cymbala's "Fresh..." series. This book is definitely a blessing to me - praise Jesus our Mighty King and Lord for answering my feeble pathetic prayers - all by His GRACE!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Jennifer O. White on June 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Thank You Jim Cymbala for writing a book that is so powerful that it has inspired me to pray for the gift of salvation for lost loved ones and for what seem like hopeless causes.

Your book is filled with powerful scripture references and true stories of the amazing power of God to change lives when a person cries out to God. Reading your book as caused God's word on Prayer to become more alive and active in me. Reading this book has changed me and developed a deeper desire to remain in prayer. I recommend this book to every person who has questions in their heart regarding Gods power and prayer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By romevi VINE VOICE on December 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was an assignment for a prayer class, and, I hate to admit it, but when I first received it I thought, "Great. Another flowery book about how to strengthen your life." I've read lots of books and heard many messages on prayer; some groundbreaking, some repetitive.
Cymbala, though, is no flowery pastor, nor speaks flowery messages. He delivers concrete, life-wrecking truth that will definitely help you in your prayer journey, and will help renew it if it has been waning (like mine has).

What makes this book so vital for every Christian to read is that it is written by someone who has seen the ups and downs of the Christian journey, and knows just how important it is to stay on top in communion with God. His ministry is filled with so many broken people; from drug addicts to suicidals, he's walked a long and burdened road.
But it's this kind of life that makes him so impassioned and so yearning for his readers to develop a strong and constant contact with the Almighty.

Not only is this book well developed with messages and relevant stories of real, broken people, but it is also very well written. As an eccentric of the proper use of American English, it has become very difficult to find quality literature in our base-saturated literate world. Cymbala's writing style and editing definitely stands paramount.
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