Praying in the New Year

  • Praying in the New Year with The Godfather II January 30, 2015

    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.

    To see all five of these prayers click here.

    Mark S Mirza
    Common Thread Ministries

    Common Thread Ministries

  • My New Book, “Praying Psalm 119″ May 15, 2012

    Praying Psalm 119 CoverI have written a number of books, but this is the first one (since Prayer Made Alive) that I have had peace about printing. I believe this will be an excellent tool for you to cause Psalm 119 to really come alive to you.

    Check out the Title Page (below) as there are a couple of appendices that you will find both encouraging and, well, fun, believe it or not.

    We’ll see what happens with the other books.

    From the Table of Contents:

    As this ministry moves further and further in the direction that I believe God is leading it, I find myself more and more burdened to help folks learn to pray for both others and themselves. And it is not praying for blessings, rather, it is learning to pray for a properly broken spirit, accompanied by a contrite heart.

    As you read these prayers I trust that the passages will come alive as you make them YOUR prayers. We, as a church, are great at shallow
    repentance. But I believe that  this is a call to embrace deep repentance.

    I am grateful for two things that happened in early December 2011. First, Chaplain Paul Voorhees and Dr. Joe Coley of the Ranger Joe’s God and Country Show challenged me with a daily radio prayer show. And second, the Lord and I visited together in Toccoa Georgia at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center where He and I fought over Him teaching me brokenness…Praise the Lord, I lost, and these prayers reflect that.

    Mark S Mirza
    March 22, 2012

    To See Samples of the Following:

    Title Page, Click Here:
    Psalm 119 Prayers, Click Here:
    Psalm 119 Overview, Click Here:
    25 Days of Prayers, During Christmas, Click Here:
    Praying in the New Year, Click Here:

  • December 26 – 30, 2011 December 30, 2011

    PRAYING IN THE NEW YEAR

    Ranger Joe’s God and Country Show

    Monday
    December 26          

    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.
    • Read Today’s Verse
    • 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.

    • A Glance at Tomorrow’s Prayer:
      • Another movie and What does it mean to choose the Lord?

    Tuesday
    December 27          

    Choosing God

    Joshua 24:14-15 (NASB) “Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

    • Movie…..Indiana Jones
      • The guardian of the Holy Grail says to Indiana Jones, regarding the Nazi who chooses what he thinks is the cup of Christ and drinks from it, “He chose poorly.”
        • With all of the choices you will make in 2012 let the first one be the best choice not a poor choice.
    • Read Today’s Verse
    • Background for Today’s Prayer:
      • So if you are going to live for the Lord this year…
      • Do you have any gods, any idols?
      • May I suggest one that perhaps you’ve never thought of as an idol, as a god, in front of God Almighty?
        • How about worry?
        • Let me suggest that anything you worry about you’ve made an idol before God,. How?
          • By worrying about it, rather than trusting the God you’ve chosen, God Almighty
    • Today’s Prayer:

    Lord, we recognize that there are idols we have in our life and one of those is “worry.” Lord, this is a sin, an idol, a god, that our fathers and mothers have served, in some cases, for generations. Lord, we do not want to serve the god of worry in 2012. We choose You, by taking those thoughts captive, when they enter our minds. Lord, we do not want in our lives the idol of worry or any other idol, sex, money, self-righteousness, nothing Lord, but You. We choose You Lord.

    • A Glance at Tomorrow’s Prayer:
      • Another movie, and, are you really confident, that if You seek Him you will find Him?

    Wednesday
    December 28          

    Seeking God

    Jeremiah 29:13 (NASB) You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart

    • Movie…..The Santa Clause
      • Tim Allen gets into trouble because of the fine print on the Santa Clause business card.
      • In scripture there is no “fine print” because God Himself says that when we seek Him, He will let Himself be found.
      • We don’t have to “hunt” for Him and “hope” that we will find Him. We are assured that we will find Him.
    • Read Today’s Verse
    • Background for Today’s Prayer:
      • As we start the new year, are you committed to seeking Him?
      • Often we do not seek Him because we fear where He may lead
        • Dr. Stanly talks about friends of his who would not go to Missions Conferences because they feared God would call them to go over seas and become missionaries.
      • Do not let fear keep you from beginning this year by seeking Him…with, I might add, your whole heart.
    • Today’s Prayer:

    Lord, so many verses talk about seeking You. Forgive us Lord for not regularly seeking You. Your word promises that when we seek You we will find You, just like it says about wisdom, that if we seek wisdom, we will find it (Proverbs 8:17 and James 1:5). Lord we pray that this year will be a year where we seek You with all our heart and watch You bless us by opening Your word to us. Forgive us Lord when we let our wants and our fears get between us and seeking You.

    • A Glance at Tomorrow’s Prayer:
      • Another movie, and, how much do you love the Lord? How much CAN you love the Lord?

    Thursday
    December 29          

    Loving God

    Matthew 22:37(NASB)  And He said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’

    • Movie…..Blazing Saddles
      • Slim Pickens rides up to his other outlaw cowboys and says, “What in the wide, wide, world of sports are you doing?”
      • And that’s my question to Christians, “What in the wide, wide, world of sports are you doing?”
        • We need to focus on one thing, loving God, whatever that looks like in your life and wherever that leads us.
    • Read Today’s Verse
    • Background for Today’s Prayer:
      • So far this week we have:
        • Asked God to break our hearts,
        • Given up our idols, including fear.,
        • Determined to seek God, who promises to let Himself be found by us.
      • But, how do we make sure that these have not just been, what we might call academic decisions?
      • Simple answer…. “LOVE!” Our love for Him is the way He asks us to demonstrate our decisions.
    • Today’s Prayer:

    Lord, we so often give You “lip-service” but this verse arrests our heart. Father, how can we love You with all of our heart and all of our soul and all of our mind? Lord this is so difficult to understand, but we trust You to give us the grace to, in fact, love You completely. Lord show us this year, how to in fact love You with all of our heart and all of our soul and all of our mind.

    • A Glance at Tomorrow’s Prayer:
      • The final movie, and is there one main thing that we should do as Christians?

    Friday
    December 30          

    Glorifying God

    1 Corinthians 10:31 (AMP) So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God.

    • Movie…..City Slickers
      • Jack Palance holds up his index finger to Billy Crystal and then tells him that the secret to life is “One Thing” but that you have to figure out that “One Thing” for yourself
      • But as Christians, is there one thing?
        • And if there is, do we have to figure it out?
    • Read Today’s Verse
    • Background for Today’s Prayer:
      • Unlike in the movie, Christians have a clear direction.
      • Think about this, when you pray, do you find yourself going to God, wondering what He wants you to do?
      • If so, then begin that journey with our verse
      • Begin this year with a commitment to glorify God in absolutely, positively, everything you do.
      • How do we pray about it? Like this…
    • Today’s Prayer:

    Lord, Your word is so clear, our role here on earth is to bring glory to You. Oh Lord, let that be the question we ask ourselves about every single thing we do, or think about doing, every time I answer the phone, every time I get in the car, every time I speak to my spouse, or my kids. Lord, allow me to have a keen sensitivity to be honoring to You, bringing You glory in ALL that I do. Thank You Lord.

    • A Glance at Next Month’s Prayers:
      • During the month of January we will pray through Psalm 119. Every day we will focus on one stanza (8 verses).

     

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