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The Mystery of Unanswered Prayer

I originally wrote this article for Pray! back in 2000.  I think it is still foundational for any biblical perspective on prayer.  Hope you find it helpful.

The Mystery of Answered Prayer

(Five Principles from the Apostle John)

Gary Sinclair


Jessica was 18 years old when she died.  My wife and I had anxiously waited with her parents for five and a…


Added by Gary Sinclair on December 3, 2014 at 9:46am — 1 Comment

Distractions Don't Need To Distract Us In Prayer

We've all had it happen, haven't we?  We're trying to pray, perhaps alone or in a group, and soon our mind is wandering. We're thinking about the next meeting, our kids at home, a funny story, our struggle with our spouse or coworker, a song we heard on the radio and a thousand other things.

Of course, we feel guilty again for not focusing on the Lord and the things that break His heart as the saying goes. We determine…


Added by Gary Sinclair on October 21, 2013 at 8:32pm — No Comments

Actions That Won't Get More Results In Prayer

I am confident that when most of us ask God for something we're very serious about it. We SO want that person to be healed, a friend's marriage to be restored or someone in our church to receive comfort. We passionately desire our children to be godly, our relationships to…


Added by Gary Sinclair on May 20, 2013 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Are We Praying For The Symptoms or the Source?

It's interesting and encouraging that many of our churches are waking up to the fact that even Christ followers in our ranks are still sinning big time. For years studies by Barna and others have been telling us that church people aren't at least statistically that different morally from those not…


Added by Gary Sinclair on April 24, 2013 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Things To Tell Your Weekend Prayer Team NOT To Do

I would guess that most of our churches have a formal or informal group of people who minister to others after or during the service(s). And we all know that these people are truly pastors in some sense of the word as they love on and care for people through the power of prayer.  Thank God for people who love prayer ministry.

However, some well-meaning folks need a little coaching particularly in what…


Added by Gary Sinclair on December 28, 2012 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Should We Be Any Different After Tomorrow's Elections?

Most of us are eagerly awaiting the results of tomorrow's national elections, especially for President. We have no doubt prayed for change, that truth would prevail and that God's hand would be on our country. Hopefully we have also voted or will cast our vote before the polls close.

But what if our candidate loses?  What if we don't see the results we had hoped for? Will we be any different?  I hope not. Yes, we may face circumstances we'd rather not encounter or we could see…


Added by Gary Sinclair on November 5, 2012 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Ten Things To Pray For As The Election Nears

Did you hear the response yesterday when the Democratic moderator at their convention asked for a vote as to whether they would reinstate God into the party platform? A significant part of the crowd voted with a rousing "YES!"  However, a group that sounded just as large boomed a resounding "NO."  As the cameras moved in on those voting negatively we saw people standing…


Added by Gary Sinclair on September 6, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

More In Love With The Kingdom or the King?

I've traveled to Russia fourteen times and will add a fifteenth in October. It's been a privilege to teach, train and inspire pastors and other leaders there over the years. They've also taught me much and my last trip almost a year ago was no exception.

After the worship conference we helped lead finished, I and some of my team went out to a town called Istra where I've known the people and staff in a church there for over fifteen years. We helped them finance a building and have…


Added by Gary Sinclair on August 30, 2012 at 9:26am — 1 Comment

God Expects More Than Just A Prayer

Most of us have now heard (perhaps too many times) the old joke about the guy on the roof of his house as the flood waters rise. A motor boat comes to save him but he refuses stating that he has prayed and knows that God will rescue him. Then a helicopter comes and hovers overhead and he responds the same way.

Soon of course he dies and meets the Lord in Heaven. He is clearly perturbed and questions God about why He didn't save him after his passionate prayers. And God says, "What do…


Added by Gary Sinclair on August 23, 2012 at 9:15am — No Comments

The Question Non-Christians Rarely Say 'No" To

I would guess that most of us have had some pretty negative responses from people when they find out we are a Christian or address spiritual things in any way. Comments like, "Don't try shove your religion down my throat," or "You're just one of those intolerant radicals," can be commonplace. People just walking away or changing the subject can be the norm much of the…


Added by Gary Sinclair on August 13, 2012 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Embracing God Conversations All Day Long

I don't remember if anyone in particular invented it, but I do recall when something labeled Conversational Prayer became popular. It was the idea that in group prayer people would engage God in an ongoing conversation together about one topic for a time and then move to another after that topic was "covered." It was a welcome change from the boredom and distraction often experienced waiting for others to stop praying so you could join in.  It's something…


Added by Gary Sinclair on August 9, 2012 at 8:38am — No Comments

God Didn't Come Through Yesterday . . . Or Did He?

Yesterday afternoon I saw a Facebook post about a good friend in Illinois who had apparently been hospitalized for heatstroke. I remember praying briefly for him and hoping to learn soon that he was OK.

However, later that evening my wife and I were on our way to visit a friend at his grandpa's visitation when my phone rang. I saw that it was Don's wife, Laura, so I expected that she wanted to update me on his condition and…


Added by Gary Sinclair on July 26, 2012 at 10:50am — 5 Comments

Nehemiah: A Model For Prayer AND Action

As most of us know Nehemiah was called by God to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem following the Babylonian captivity. Unfortunately, not everyone liked the idea, particularly several key leaders. In chapter 4, verse 1, we read, When Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews . . .

Tobiah also joined the verbal scourging and added, What are they building - if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break…


Added by Gary Sinclair on July 9, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Why We Need To Learn About "Saturday" Praying

Recently we Christians celebrated Easter weekend, the holiday that makes or breaks our faith. Friday, the Savior died. Sunday He rose. Without Christ's death on the cross and His subsequent resurrection Paul says we who claim to be Christ followers are simply fools.

But I find it interesting that while most congregations and even groups of churches hold both Good Friday and Easter services, I don't know of…


Added by Gary Sinclair on June 26, 2012 at 8:16am — No Comments

Where Two Or Three Are Tweeting . . . Or Texting . . . Or . . .

I was privileged to have dinner here in Austin a few weeks ago with prayer leader and teacher Dan Henderson and another friend. I told him that there is a quote I've used many times which I had thought he had said and he confirmed it again for me. "If you want to have a crowd, don't call a prayer meeting."

And while there are exceptions, settings for group prayer don't…


Added by Gary Sinclair on June 11, 2012 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Why I Don't Pray For Revival . . . At Least Not That Much

OK, so some of you have already branded me as a heretic. "How can this guy not care about revival?"  Others are at least curious and will read on. Maybe one or two (my best friend and wife perhaps) can't wait to hear more.

Trust me, at least here at the start, when I say that I would love to see revival in my city (Austin), country and the world. I've read about the great revivals in our past (of which there have been few) and heard many messages and exhortations to pray for…


Added by Gary Sinclair on May 30, 2012 at 9:14am — 12 Comments

Tweet Hour of Prayer

When you think of Facebook, Twitter, My Space and other social media do you get excited or panic?  Do you want to know more or do you wish they would just disappear?


Whatever your response those communication vehicles are likely here to stay. Sure, they will probably evolve, change names, join forces or spawn new concepts we haven't thought about as yet, but people will continue to use them.


So what do they have to do with prayer?




Added by Gary Sinclair on June 24, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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