Praying 25 Days of Christmas

25 Days of Christmas

Back in 2012 I had the opportunity to do a daily radio show with themed praying depending upon the season.

During the Christmas holiday I put the Christmas story in chronological order and then set up 25 Days of Daily Prayer during the Christmas season. It was a huge hit then and I think you will find it a great encouragement to you now. It is a unique look into Christmas.

Forgive me for not putting this in book-form this year, but next year I may. I really need to. Here are each day’s focus:

December 1st A Foundation of Brokenness
December 2nd How Big is Your God
December 3rd Christ Came with a Purpose
December 4th Brokenness in the Church
December 5th Unity Brings God Glory
December 6th The Disease of Affluence
December 7th Sharing this Season’s Truths
December 8th Doubting God’s Promises
December 9th A Giddy Time with God
December 10th Do You Doubt or Trust God
December 11th Give Tangibly to the Hurting
December 12th Unity in the Body
December 13th Joseph’s Obedience
December 14th Whom Can You Comfort?
December 15th Communicating with God
December 16th What Will You Ponder?
December 17th Outside Your Comfort Zone
December 18th Family Forgiveness
December 19th Dead to Sin and Alive to Christ
December 20th Step Outside Your Box
December 21st Older Blessing the Younger
December 22nd He Came to Live and to Die
December 23rd God is Still Sovereign
December 24th God Can Use You Too
December 25th My Prayer for You

A Different #GivingTuesday Strategy

A Different #GivingTuesday Strategy

#GivingTuesday Turned Upside Down

We found a different #GivingTuesday strategy that fits who we are.

And please, while we are having fun about the “Begging” for money, please, PLEASE, give to those charities you feel inclined to give to.

“No, no, no! I will resist the temptation to remind them we’re a 501c3 also!”

Sorry, I lost myself there for a moment.

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Thanks FOR Everything? No Way!

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My Dear Pray-ers,

If you are in the USA, this is Thanksgiving week!

And if you are the typical Christian, you are saying, “Yes! I have a lot to be thankful for.”

Do you mind if I challenge you though? It’s easy to thank the Lord for the good things in your life, right?

But may I ask? What is your attitude about the difficult things in your life?

I did this “fall-inspired” video out at the barn where Coraçáo is boarded. If you’ve heard me speak you have probably already heard this as I like to share it often. Please note that the video is only 2 minutes long. CLICK HERE.

And if you’re going to thank the Lord FOR everything, then you know that the evil one will bring up worry, and he’ll bring up worry in both a direct fashion and subtle fashion.
So I think that my “Worry-Video” needs to be revisited. Here is my 3 minute “Worry-Video” for you to review.

Below you will see a couple of new SWAYS (digital ministry story-boards).

And note our post on praying during the fires and the drought here in Georgia, called “Drought & Fire Bring Troubles & Fears” which goes hand in hand with my Thanksgiving video above.

Let me also share what started as a Bible Study and has become an important post. It is a post I am calling “What Do Pray-ers Look Like?

Blessings my friends,

Mark

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Christmas Options

We have had some very unique Prayer Books. Please take a look at them. While we don’t look at “Black Friday” like retailers do, we’d be honored if you did some of your Christmas purchasing from us.
Remember that you can find more information on our novel in our SWAY dedicated to The Pray-ers.


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. It is only $5.00. And, you know who likes these 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.


 

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

 


Donations

Please, feel no obligation, but if you would like to, you can donate to Common Thread Ministries. We are looking for 100 people to commit to $25.00/mos for our Kenya Ministry. This will allow us to make one part time guy permanent and Mark can return three times each year to Kenya.
Thank you.


Calendar

We have made some DRASTIC improvements to the calendar. Please take the time to check it out, and, if you will, use it to pray for us. Thank you.

 


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What Do Pray-ers Look Like?

Men Praying

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.

THE VERSES LISTED IS NOT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST, AND THERE IS NO MAGIC TO ITS ORDER:

(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

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.

MY BURDEN

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.

OUR ENCOURAGEMENT

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.

YOUR JOB

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.”

Cool!

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