What Do Pray-ers Look Like?

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What the Word says pray-ers look like began as a personal Bible study this morning. But it is too rich to keep to myself.I’m glad that this post has very few thoughts of my own. It is simply what the Word says about pray-ers.

Remember to consider our novel called, The Pray-ers where men and women in a Christian Historical Fiction book model prayer for us in their daily lives.


(All verses are from the Berean Study Bible or are paraphrased by the author, Mark S Mirza)

What Do Prayers Look Like?

They Know God’s Will

  • Romans 12:2, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
  • Ephesians 5:17, Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
  • Colossians 1:9m, . . . filled with the knowledge of His will. . . (HCSB)

They are Devoted to Prayer

  • 1 Samuel 12:23m, . . . Let me not sin by ceasing to pray for you. . .
  • Daniel 6:10, Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.
  • Luke 18:1, Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray at all times and not lose heart:
  • Colossians 4:2a, Devote yourselves to prayer . . .
  • Even giving up sleep, Colossians 4:2m, being watchful
  • Ephesians 6:18, Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17, pray without ceasing
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:11a, we always pray for you. . .

They Join in Prayer with Others

  • Romans 15:30, Now I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:11, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the favor shown us in answer to their prayers.
  • Hebrews 13:19, And I especially urge you to pray that I may be restored to you as soon as possible.

Their Prayers are Impactful

  • Genesis 20:17, Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maids, so that they bore children.
  • 1 Kings 13:6, The king said to the man of God, “Please entreat the LORD your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me.” So the man of God entreated the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored to him, and it became as it was before.
  • Job 42:8b, My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him so that I may not do with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.”
  • Philemon 1:22, In the meantime, prepare a guest room for me, because I hope that through your prayers, I will be restored to you.
  • James 5:16b, . . . the prayers of a righteous man availeth much

They are Obedient

  • Psalm 34:15, The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry.
  • Proverbs 15:29b, He hears the prayer of the righteous
  • John 9:31, We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will. (for a laugh, note who said this)

They are NOT Disobedient

  • Deuteronomy 1:45, “Then you returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD did not listen to your voice nor give ear to you.
  • Psalm 66:18, If I regard iniquity (sin) in my heart, The Lord will not hear;
  • Isaiah 1:15, “So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.

They Hear from the Spirit

  • 2 Samuel 23:2, “The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.
  • Ezekiel 1:3a, the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel 
  • Micah 1:1a, The word of the LORD which came to Micah
  • Acts 8:29, The Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to that chariot and stay by it.”
  • Acts 11:12a, The Spirit told me to accompany them 
  • Acts 13:2, While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul. . . (do not fall into the trap that this is ONLY in Acts, because every time you confirm a deacon you confirm him based on this, “hearing from God.”)
  • Acts 16:7, And when they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not permit them,

They Pray for Others

  • 1 Samuel 12:23m, . . . Let me not sin by ceasing to pray for you. . .
  • Ephesians 1:16, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers
  • Colossians 1:9m, . . . we have not stopped praying for you. . .
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:3a, continually recalling [you] before our God and Father
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:3a, We are obligated to thank God for you all the time, 
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:11a, we always pray for you. . .

They Pray SPECIFICS for Others

  • Romans 15:5-6, Now may the God of endurance and encouragement grant you harmony with one another in Christ Jesus, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Ephesians 1:17-19a, asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him. I ask that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know the hope of His calling, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and the surpassing greatness of His power to us who believe
  • Philippians 1:9-11, And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and profound insight, so that you can discern what is best, that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
  • Colossians 1:9-12,For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have full endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:3, continually recalling before our God and Father your work of faith, your labor of love, and your enduring hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13, And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone else, just as our love for you overflows, so that He may establish your hearts in blamelessness and holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. Amen.
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:11, we always pray for you, that our God will count you worthy of His calling, and that He will powerfully fulfill your every good desire and work of faith,

Drought & Fire Bring Troubles & Fears

AJC Articles that Residents Fear Drought and Fire


Being in the prayer business I am expected to have a comment on these events. Let me share with you that my comments below are birthing out of a burden that I have for how men and women are handling these events.


But my burden isn’t moving me like I wish it did.

I wish my burden was one that moved me to stand before the fire and shout, “Stop! In Jesus Name.” Or to stand on the mountain and yell up into the sky, “Give rain now! In Jesus Name.”

But my friends, where my heart goes, is to this phrase by Paul in 2 Corinthians 7:5 “. . . troubles without, fears within. . . . ”

That Paul shares openly and honestly that he experienced this is comforting isn’t it? The great, forgive me, GREAT Paul, struggled with the same things you and I do.

THAT he struggled with them isn’t the issue, is it? No! The issue is what he did with the struggle.

AJC Article on Tate Residents FearPAUL’S STRUGGLE

Look at the list of “spiritual character-building struggles/issues” he faced in chapter 6 verses 4 thru 10. Looking closely at the list we see his outward troubles and his inward fears. And notice the variety in them, from endurance and beatings to being considered a deceiver.


As you read his list of struggles and issues, remember what is coming in chapter 7 verse 6. The first 2 words are, “But God.”

I know it’s difficult to be in troubling situations when you find yourself, “scared to death.” I get that! “But God,” should give us a peace which completely transcends our understanding. Do you remember how? Look back at Philippians 4:6-7.

Be anxious for nothing. . . And you want to respond, “Sure, that’s easy for you to say, Mark, you don’t live in the mountains where this is going on!” Or maybe you want to lift your face to the heavens and shout, “Don’t You see what is going on! How can I NOT be anxious Lord!”

But then we remember that we come to Him, and somehow, He gives us a peace that completely transcends our understanding. But again I ask, HOW!!!

And the passage tells us, with prayers and petitions AND THANKSGIVINGS. . . Are you seeing that? If you dissect the verse I believe that it is telling us that we can actually thank the Lord for that which makes us anxious, IE, drought, fire, etc.


Yes, in the midst of your troubles and fears I am adding a directive for you to do.

Take a blank piece of paper and at the top of it write down that which is making you anxious, “Fire” or “Drought” etc. And then over the next few days, let the Lord lay upon your heart the things you can give thanks for BECAUSE OF the “Fire” and/or “Drought.” I promise you, it will give you a peace that will cause you to say, “Where did that peace come from?”

If you’ve read me very much you know I like to end my posts with, “Blessings my friends,” but may I change this post’s closing a bit?

Blessings to you my friend, as you thank Him FOR EVERYTHING (Ephesians 5:20),


Mark S Mirza



PS. You know, in my Historical Christian Fiction Novel, The Pray-ers, the men and women model prayer for us, showing us how to go through difficulties. Find it at www.ThePray-ers.com


A House of Prayer for SOME People

An House of Prayer for All People

I don’t recall all of the story, but the broken part of the sidewalk says,

An House of Prayer for All people

As the story goes, that part of the sidewalk has been there since the church was built at this location in 1892, But, in the mid 60’s someone asked, “a bit too loudly” if all people were welcome, as the sign said. Nobody answered, but the next week the sign was taken out of the ground, broken and a new plain slab laid.

Somehow, the broken pieces were stored and in the 90’s relaid, in their broken state.

Front of FBC Pembroke

May I say, I LOVE teaching prayer in a location that has been broken over unity and is unashamed for people to know it.

Mark S Mirza

Hello Derek and Tracy

Derek and Tracy Lewis

I am always so honored when someone from another church drives to where I’m speaking.

It is always so special. Derek is on our Monday, Wednesday and Friday Men’s conference call group.

His wife shared with me, “Mark, these weekly prayer times have been very good for him.”


Thanks Derek and Tracy for honoring me by being there today.

A Faux Pas and an Election

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My Dear Pray-ers,

MAJOR Faux Pas on my part! I apologize! But when I sent out the last E-Letter, I inadvertently set the photos at 150 pixels wide and did not allow you to click on them to see them larger. My FAULT!

So I have fixed that by putting all of those photos on two SWAYS. While they are noted below in the icons section, I give them to you here also:

On Wednesday morning of this week, after our US elections I found myself burdened about the next steps for us in the USA. Here is my post from Wednesday, “Is the Church Better Off Today?” and here is my post from today, “Burning Away the Dross” from Ezra 9.


Blessings my friends,

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A Kenyan SWAY

In this SWAY I have included many details and photos that you may not have seen. Please “favorite” it so that you can return to it for updates.
You can find this SWAY in the Ministry SWAYS section of our website.


Prayer Boot Camps

We have had some very unique Prayer Boot Camps over the last few weeks. We have added quite a number of photos from Kenya, and most recently from Covington GA.
Remember that you can find this and all of our SWAYS in the Ministry SWAYS section of our website.

Teaching Children to Pray Scripture

I found a wonderful little children’s book of verses from 1887. Combining that with prayers based on those verses, the outcome is this little book. But do you know who likes it the most? Yep, parents and grandparents reading one or two prayers per night to their youngsters.


A Mug That Goes With The Novel

That sure sounds like a marketing ploy! But if you enjoy drinking out of a mug, let it be our themed mug you’re drinking from. And while you’re at it, take a look at “The Pray-ers” Tote, and the novel.


Mark’s New Website

We are making some incredible headway on this site. Please stop by and check it out! Please “favorite” the site as we are making changes and updates every day.


The Pray-ers for Christmas

We have dropped the price for the Christmas season and we’d be honored if you picked up a few for yourself and your family. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!


Prayer Board

The more I study and the more I teach, the more committed I am to prayer. And just as Michael Guido had a Prayer Board, so do I. This is a representation of my prayer board, which is on the wall, next to me as I type. We hope that over the internet we can make you aware of our prayer requests



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Burning Away the Dross

The actual burning away of dross

The Election

Far from this last Tuesday’s elections being a “saving experience” for our nation, I think that Ezra says it best in the beginning of Ezra 9:8

“But now, for a brief moment, grace has come from Yahweh. . . “

The Meaning

By application, this is a message for the church! Regardless, let me say that more clearly, REGARDLESS of the side of the aisle you prefer, this is a wake-up call to the church! God is “giving us new life, so that we can rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins. . . ” (Ezra 9:9m)

But remember how this prayer from Ezra started. Look at verse 6

“My God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift my face toward You. . . “

And here is my question to you, to myself, to all of us, REGARDLESS  of our party affiliation, are we willing, like Ezra, to honestly view our sins as he did? I would remind many of you that you have been praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 for our nation. But have you forgotten the main point of the verse? The main point IS NOT the healing of our land, it is the forgiveness of our sins!

Mixed or Interracial Marriages

And finally, there will be those who will want to ignore this passage because they wrongly apply the first two verses of this chapter. They will read it and WRONGLY assume that God is against mixed marriages. My friends, my bigoted friends, on both sides of the aisle, the meaning of these two verses is found in the center of verse 1:

“. . . whose detestable practices. . . “

The reason for the asking of forgiveness was NOT because of mixed marriages but because the people of God turned from God. If you still wonder about God’s view of mixed marriages just check out Jesus’ lineage.

My friends, hear the Word of our Lord, thru Ezra’s prayer:

“. . . You, our God, have punished us less than our sins deserve. . . . no one can stand in Your presence because of this [guilt]. See Ezra 9:13e and 15e.”

Blessings or Blessings?

I like to end my posts with a simple, “Blessings my friends” but may I end it a bit differently, in light of my message today?

Expect blessings my friends, but only as you come humbly before your God,


Mark S Mirza

Is The Church Better Off Today?

Trump Victory Banner from CNN


I don’t know, and fortunately it’s not my responsibility.

I awoke this morning with the question of the church running thru my mind.

I’m bombarded on FB by Christian friends who are scared for themselves, their family and their friends. And I have other Christian friends who sound like salvation has now come.

Will you indulge me to state the obvious? Your protection does not come from Washington DC and nor does your salvation come from Washington DC.


Hmm, perhaps I do bear some responsibility.

Regardless of which side of the aisle you are most comfortable with, we need to ask ourselves if we have ignored God. I suspect that at the very least, we have ignored John 15:7 by not abiding in Him. And therefore He doesn’t abide in us. So when we pray, well, we are merely, “throwing up a hope and a prayer.”

If you are scared to death, I would ask, where is your humble, trusting cry to the Lord for grace?

If you are euphoric with joy, I would ask, where is your humble, submissive cry to the Lord for mercy?

This election result, whether you consider it a loss or a victory, does not change God’s sovereignty. It does not change God’s desire for an intimate relationship with you.

And satan’s role in this? It is the same. He is a liar and a deceiver (John 8:44).


Yes, I know that I do have some responsibility.

One more thought needs to be addressed here. And that has to do with who your enemy is and who your enemy is not. Ephesians 6:12 says that your struggle IS NOT with flesh and blood. Romans 15:5 implies that if you have a sense of disunity with anyone, it is on you.

We are good at pointing out who our human enemy is, aren’t we? Because of that propensity to point our finger at our human “enemy” would you accept this practical take-away?

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and He will take care of the details in your life, which is why we need not worry about tomorrow, even though challenges come each day, (Matthew 6:33-34). And remember, the same One who said He’ll take care of the details of our life, holds today and tomorrow in His hands.

So what will you do? Will you focus on the flesh or the Spirit?  Romans 8:6 tells us which we are doing when it declares that if we do not have peace it is because we are focusing on the things of the flesh, and NOT the Spirit. Your peace or lack of peace will tell you what you are doing.


I suppose that’s up to you.

Blessings my friend,

Mark S Mirza