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Nairoi Background

Below are some quick access links to some items you’ll find interesting:

Prayer Boot Camp SWAY:
https://sway.com/qfjb6fOtAaI0HF5X

  • A pictorial view of the Prayer Boot Camps thus far

Kenya SWAY:
https://sway.com/HAs-zyFJv9y6hyW9

  • A pictorial view of my last trip to Kenya

Kenya Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmv2J0u_jU0

  • A 5 minute video looking at previous Kenyan visits

Worry SWAY:
https://sway.com/S0wnXS8F1wUeP9Tm

  • This is a quick SWAY I did on worry, with a 3 minute video

Have a great day,and I hope that these are helpful.

Mark S Mirza
Author/Speaker
Mark@CTMPrayer.org

Praying about Needs, Protection and Worry

WP_20160903_09_16_34_ProI worked a book festival yesterday, came home exhausted, ate, not so well, and awoke at midnight with heart burn. So I stayed up for a bit wanting to enjoy some time in Psalm 119. The first verse I read was verse 65.

Psalm 119:65 (NIV 1988) says, “Do good to your servant according to your word, O LORD.”

As I meditated on the verse I realized the following:

Ask someone to pray Psalm 119:65 to the Lord and you might hear this, “Oh Lord I need You to do good for me in this area of my life and in that area of my life . . . “

But I am convinced that this kind of praying is not what God expects from us.

In fact, I think this kind of praying tells a lot more about ourselves than we realize.

-Hasn’t God already said that He will take care of all of our needs when we but seek Him? (Matthew 6:33)

-Hasn’t God already said that He is our protector? (Psalm 34:7)

-Hasn’t God already said that we do not have to worry? (Matthew 6:34)

Now let’s go back and look at the verse we started with.

Psalm 119:65 says, “Do good to your servant according to your word, O LORD.”

I believe that the way we should pray about needs, protection and worry, using Psalm 119:65, is as follows:

-Father I know Your word and I know You. I thank You for my current financial situation, though I may not know how things will be taken care of, I trust You to take care of my needs, as Your word says.”

-Lord, thank You for reassuring me that I do not need to plead for Your protection. Your throne is above the heavens and You are sovereign over all (Psalm 103:19). Your Angel already encamps around me and delivers me according to Your word, according to Your sovereign plan for my life.

-Forgive me Lord for so many times when I worry. I know You and I know Your word and Your word tells me that the same God who adds all these things that I need (Matthew 6:33), will take care of tomorrow (Matthew 6:34).

Now be careful when you think like this and plan to pray like this. This is NOT positive confession. This is simply trusting the God of the word, because they are His words to you and me.
&n case you want to invest the time, here is a 3 minute video of me speaking on worry.

Worry, You Don’t Gotta

Blessings my friends,

Mark S Mirza
Author/Speaker, Common Thread Ministries
www.CTMPrayer.org
www.ThePray-ers.com
Mark@CTMPrayer.org

Decatur Book Festival Press Release

pressrelease-image-1-WebResVery excited that I can share this press release with you. This will now be my third Book Festival since The Pray-ers came out. This weekend is in Decatur GA. Will you be one of the 85,000 people that will attend?

Before you read the Press Release you may want to hear my 3 minute video of why I wrote this novel. You might find it interesting. Click HERE to go to my YouTube Channel

John Wald Fetner & Associates
A Professional Advertising Agency
405 Glenwood Avenue SE Atlanta, Ga. 30312 (404) 522-9177

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday August 31, 2016
WHO: MARK S MIRZA FOR INFORMATION
WHAT: BOOK FESTIVAL CONTACT: MARK MIRZA
WHERE: DECATUR (404) 606-2322
WHEN: SEPT 2-4

Hey, this is Mark Mirza and I’m inviting you to stop by and say hello this weekend at the 2016 Decatur Book Festival.BookShow-2016-Decatur-WebRes

I’ll be at CTM Publishing Atlanta’s BOOTH 703 near the intersection of Ponce de Leon and Clairmont to promote the new fiction trilogy The Prayers / Book 1 Troubles. My new book is all about modeling prayer thru the example of the three main characters living in three different historical periods. We’ve already sold a number of copies, and I love for you to order one for you and your Church library.

The Pray-ers, CTM Publishing AtlantaJ. Gerald Harris, Editor of The Christian Index writes, “Mark Mirza has used his fertile and creative mind to craft a novel that is both innovative and inspiring. The author vividly reminds us that we have a formidable enemy who can be defeated when we link ourselves via prayer with an omnipotent God with whom nothing is impossible. The imaginative link between the 1st century characters, 19th century characters and modern day characters in the book is inventive, but effective in producing the desired result. Navigating carefully the first few pages prepares you to enjoy the flow of a book that will fascinate you, inspire you and bless you.”

 

CTM Publishing Atlanta is the publishing arm of Common Thread Ministries.

Our vision statement is “Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer (Psalm 11:3)

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend

 

Mark S Mirza
Founder/Speaker
CTM Publishing, Inc.
E: mark@ctmprayer.org
C: (404) 606-2322

Politics, Motives and Prayers

Politics, Motives and Prayers

POLITICS

During a weekly conference call where we pray for a particular Washington D.C. legislator, my prayer partner and I prayed about the Republican Convention and the November elections. While he prayed 1 Timothy 2:2 it occurred to me that the verse’s reference to “tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity” is expected of Christians, REGARDLESS of who is in office.

MOTIVES

While I would like my country’s leaders to create circumstances where life is convenient for me as a Christian, I have to be honest about my motivation for praying for these leaders. And when I check my motivation for praying I find myself having to say, “Yes, my motivation is selfish (cf James 4:3)! I don’t want to face the turmoil that 1 Peter 4:12 implies, namely that I should expect fiery ordeals.”  And then I am reminded where Jesus, in Matthew 10:16ff says, basically, “They persecuted me. They WILL persecute you.”

PRAYERS

So how do I make sense of these realities and then let them impact my prayers so that my prayers are true to God’s Word?

  1. I submit myself to the Lord, dying to my desires, daily (Luke 9:23). This means that I am willing to wake up every morning and sign a document that says, “God’s Will For My Life” BEFORE its details of the day are filled in.
  2. I thank the Lord, for every circumstance, difficulty, etc. We know that 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to be thankful IN everything but do we own the reality that we are to thankful FOR everything? (See Ephesians 5:20). You may think that there is NOTHING you can give thanks for, relative to certain issues, but test the Lord. Let Him lay on your heart what you can give thanks for. It will completely change your perspective of your difficulty.
  3. Finally, pray God’s Word, “Lord, You have ALREADY given me everything I need to live a life of godliness, (1 Peter 1:3) regardless of who is in official leadership roles. When they threaten my peace, I simply ask You to consider their threats and give me the opportunity to be bold for You (Acts 4:29).

 

Blessings,

 

Mark S Mirza
Author/Speaker
Common Thread Ministries
CTM Publishing, Atlanta
The Pray-ers
E: Mark@CTMPrayer.org

Results of Praying Without Ceasing

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     After returning a rental car today I took a back road walking home and went on to our local bike trail.

     While there a very nice young woman asked me for 30 seconds of my time to talk to me about a subject that I knew I would strongly disagree with her. I won’t share with you any of the details of the subject because I don’t want it to cloud the focus of this post, namely, The Results of Praying Without Ceasing.

     After I dropped off the car and started walking, my mind was bombarded with thoughts taht took me in directions I know my brain should not go. I found myself constantly and, praise the Lord, consistently, taking those thoughts captive, which, above all things meant submitting myself to the Lord in every area of my thought life.

     Here’s the point to this short post. Because I was prayed up. Because I was constantly in prayer. Because I was submitted to the Lord, by the Holy Spirit I had the words to say in that hour (Matthew 10:19). And instead of strong antagonism and deep resentment being the result of our discussion, we parted company in a friendly manner. I walked away reflecting that she not only knew clearly why I believe what I believe. But she heard from a Christian, a love for her that she didn’t expect when I begin by saying, “I’ll give you 30 seconds, but I’m one of these wacko Christians.”

     A little further down the trail I was able to pray for her. And because our conversation went the way it did, from beginning to end, I was able to pray, with confidence that she would be moved by something that the Holy Spirit may have spoken to her heart.

     My words were just my words. They weren’t said to convict or to change her mind. My role was to speak the truth in love (1 Peter 3:15) and let the Holy Spirit touch her and speak to her heart (Matthew 10:20).

     What might I have said had I not been completely prayed up? What attitude might I have given off had I not been constantly in prayer before her introducing herself to me?

     Do you notice a difference in yourself when you are not prayed up? Do you treat people differently than would like to when you have not been taking your thoughts captive?

     Be constant in prayer. Try it you’ll like the results.

Mark S Mirza
Author/Founder/Speaker

Common Thread Ministries