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

How A Passage Becomes A Prayer


If you’ve heard me preach you now that I like to encourage prayer, from passages in the Word. But the practical question is, “How do you do that?” And the simple question has a simple answer, “meditate on it!”

Let me give you an example. The example is from a Daily Devotional I recently read. The author is F. Hammarsten. In this day’s Devo he gives his meditations upon a famous “prayer passage,” namely 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22. I will quote it in the KJV because of Hammarsten’s wording of his meditation on the passage further down the post.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 (KJV)

16 Rejoice evermore.

17 Pray without ceasing.

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19 Quench not the Spirit.

20 Despise not prophesyings.

21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

The exciting part of the devotional occurs below where Hammarsten merely meditates on these passages. What I have done is simply lifted his words and placed them here. Again, these are NOT my words. I wish they were. They are his. All I did, was add a word here and a word there, to make his “meditations” into a very practical prayer. I think I changed all of ten (10) words:

Dear Lord, give me grace to listen when Thou speakest.
Rejoice evermore. Lord, at once I begin to enumerate my reasons for not rejoicing, and I find that weeping would become me better than rejoicing. I feel like the child, when in sorrow or grief, thinks it strange that his mother tells him to be glad. But the mother knows better than the child whether he should weep or rejoice. It is Thy will O God, that I should rejoice. Thou permittest me, nay, Thou bidst me to rejoice. I thank Thee, Lord, for this gracious privilege.
Pray without ceasing. Accordingly, dear Father, Thou permittest me always to be in close communion with Thee. Thou are ever ready to hear my faintest prayer when I am all undone. Continually and without ceasing I may approach the throne of grace; and this means that I may ever there abide, always sending up my prayer to Thee. This I will never forget; help me to remember it, O God.
In everything give thanks. In every thing? This means that the bitter cup which Thou sendest me to drink has been prepared for me as a blessing. It means that all the power of the enemies is in Thy hand and that their attacks upon me shall come to naught. It means that even my own transgressions — if I confess them before Thee and truly repent — will be included in those things which, according to Thy Word, work together for good to them that love Thee (Romans 8:28). Thou art with me in trouble, Thou art present even in the clouds of darkness, and I will use my best endeavor to learn the difficult lesson of giving thanks the Thee for every thing.
– Quench not the Spirit. I realize the need of this warning Lord. At times Your Spirit is about to be quenched by reason of treasonable influences which find lodgment in my heart. The frosts of worldliness, the sultriness of worldly anxieties, and the poisonous winds of error, unbelief, and temptation have often threatened to quench the Spirit. I have, furthermore, forgotten to feed the sacred flame with the oil of God’s Word, and through failure to make a bold confession of my faith before men I have hindered the fire of the Spirit from burning brightly. I fear lest I may quench the Spirit. Thou knowest it, O Lord; help me in accordance with Thy promise.
– Despise not prophesyings. I understand so imperfectly the word of prophesy. It was designed to be my guide. Teach me, Lord,  to understand it aright.
– Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. This means that I should examine all things in the light of Thy Word. Many things have I accepted without thus proving them; often I have cast aside the good and held fast to the evil. But Thou, O Lord, art my lamp; Thou wilt illumine my understanding.
– Abstain from all appearance of evil. Father, I want to abstain from the evil which appears innocent as well as from the evil which is manifest. Lord, I want to abstain from the evil within myself, the evil in others, all evil. I do not want to temporize with it, but rather, flee from it. Preserve me, O God: for in Thee do I put my trust. I have said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: I have no good beyond Thee (Psalm 16:1, 2 R.V.). Amen

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Mark S Mirza
Author: The Pray-ers
Founder: Common Thread Ministries

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Praying in the New Year with The Godfather II

A reminder of our prayers at the end of each year…

Rent Hearts

Psalm 51:17 (HCSB) The sacrifice [which is] pleasing to God is a broken spirit. God, You will not despise [or turn away] a broken and humbled heart.

  • Movie:…..Godfather II
    • Michael Corleone grips Fredo by the cheeks and looks into his eyes and says, “Fredo, you broke my heart.”
      • We look at a broken heart as something to stay away from, something to run from, as Fredo did.
  • Background for Today’s Prayer:
    • Does God hear your prayers?
    • 1 Peter 3:7 tells us that if there is anything between you and your spouse your prayers will be hindered.
    • Proverbs 28:9 tells us that sin keeps our prayers from being heard.
    • As we begin this new year, let’s get serious about sin in our lives.
  • Today’s Prayer:

Lord, as we come to You, thinking about this new year, Oh Lord we want You to hear our prayers. So Father, show us where our hearts need to be broken before You. Lord, we know that the sacrifice You want is a broken, a contrite, a humbled heart. Lord we know that You will NEVER turn aside a humbled heart. Thank You for that promise Father.

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Mark S Mirza
Common Thread Ministries

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Praying James & Sermon/Mount (43 of 43)

As prayed during the Ranger Joe’s God and Country Show

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James 5:19-20 (NASB)
19 My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Matthew 5:23-26 (NASB)
23 Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. 25  Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.

Father, we so often stray from the truth in ways that are more subtle to us that we realize. Forgive us Father, as a nation and as Your church, for not helping others reconcile with their brethren. Cause us Lord to see, with discernment, how we can help our brother, by encouraging him to make right, a bad relationship that he keeps ignoring. In the Name of Your Son, the great Reconciler, amen.

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Praying James & Sermon/Mount (42 of 43)

As prayed during the Ranger Joe’s God and Country Show

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James 5:15-16 (NASB)
15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

Matthew 6:12-15 (NASB)
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’] 14  For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

Father, You have so clearly shown that the words we speak to one another are so important. Lord, we have forgotten that what comes out of our mouths are what is in our hearts (Matthew 15:19). Father, forgive us as a nation and as Your church for not realizing that our ineffective prayers are due to our unrighteous lives. Cause us Lord to be delivered from evil, forgiving others of their transgressions, just as we expect You to do the same for us. In the Name of Your Son, who took all of our sins, amen.

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Praying James & Sermon/Mount (41 of 43)

As prayed during the Ranger Joe’s God and Country Show

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James 5:12b (NASB)
12 …or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.

Matthew 5:37 (NASB)
37 But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.

Lord, so closely tied with the idea of “swearing an oath” is the idea of our words, “Yes, Yes,” or “No, no!” Father, forgive us as a nation and as Your church for NOT being trustworthy. So many of us, in the church, can not be relied upon, with our words and promises. Cause us Lord to be pricked in our heart, and to no longer be untrustworthy, but to in fact be counted upon, when we say, “Yes,” or No.” In the Name of Your Son, who died and promised to build us rooms in heaven, amen.

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Praying James & Sermon/Mount (40 of 43)

As prayed during the Ranger Joe’s God and Country Show

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James 5:12a (NASB)
12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth…

Matthew 5:34 (NASB)
34 But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,

Lord, we have become a nation and a church where the idea of the oath is something that we do simply because  it is what someone wants to hear. Father, cause us to live a life, that is, in itself, an oath of trustworthiness. Father, it does not matter what we swear, if our life does not exemplify our oath. Thank You Lord that You see the heart, and judge our motives. In the Name of Him who died for all, amen.

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