War Room Prayer Boot Camp, Fortson GA

Video for the Forston GA Prayer Boot Camp

War Room The Movie

We are showing the movie Friday night and then doing the War Room Prayer Boot Camp on Saturday.

Please join us. The Prayer Boot Camps are based on the movie War Room and focus on the content of the Kendrick Brother’s book, The Battle Plan for Prayer. Claude King designed the study that we will go through.

CLICK HERE for the flier with the event details including times, location, RSVP, etc.

The Prayer Boot Camp Ad from the movie War Room

 

Blessings,

Mark S Mirza Signature

The Good Life Hawaii Interview

The Good Life Hawaii Interviewer Danny Yamashiro

Very excited about this interview tomorrow.

Not sure of all of the details, but the 1 hour interview will be at 7pm Eastern Time Zone.

I met the folks that work with Danny Yamashiro while I was at the NRB this year.

I’ll keep you posted.

Blessings,

Mark S Mirza Signature

Homecoming Lovely Grove Baptist , Eastman Georgia

Lovely Grove Baptist Church Homecoming in Eastman GA

Eastman GA

In the photo above you see numerous churches in the little town of Eastman GA preparing for and focusing on prayer. I love seeing this!

I had the opportunity to give the message at the Lovely Grove Homecoming service yesterday (July 23, 2017) in Eastman GA.

The accompanying musicians were the Dixie Rhythm Boys and were abosultely wonderful!

I would like to share with you some of my message. I tried to live-stream it but I didn’t have enough of a signal to do so.

Homecoming Message

Of course being a homecoming message I found some interesting facts about Lovely Grove. Some of these facts had to do with their cemetery, like erroneous dates of death, as well as people “born in the cemetery” which has all kinds of implications.

But what fascinated me the most was their Cottage Prayer Meetings. After the service an older woman told me that she remembers as a little girl coming to the Cottage Prayer Meetings in her grandmother’s buggy.

And so, my message was a constant reminder to the congregation of what these men and women at the Cottage Prayer Meetings would have prayed. While I had already planned to do this, the need to emphasize this was all the more made clear when, before I spoke, the pastor asked for prayer requests, and of course, 100% of the prayer requests were what I call, “organ-recitals” because all they wanted to do was to pray for this person’s organ and that person’s organ, etc.

With some trepidation I shared with them quotes from famous people already in heaven, whom the founders of Lovely Grove Baptist would already know, I quoted the following:

R A Torrey

Unless our focus is on Him, our prayers are not unto Him

Jonathan Edwards

How many is it likely will remember this discourse in hell

John Wesley Diary

God had cast us in his way, in answer to prayer.

Leonard Ravenhill

We will be in heaven 5 minutes and wished we’d have lived and prayed differently

Praise the Lord that no one threw me out, and they didn’t dis-invite me to homecoming lunch and so I went on and finished with a most humble man, one I am looking forward to meeting when I get to heaven, “Blind Bartimaeus.”

Blind Bartimaeus

Mark 10:46-52 (HCSB)
46 They came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting by the road. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out, “Son of David, Jesus, have mercy on me!” 48 Many people told him to keep quiet, but he was crying out all the more, “Have mercy on me, Son of David!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man and said to him, “Have courage! Get up; He’s calling for you.” 50 He threw off his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

51 Then Jesus answered him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”“Rabbouni,” the blind man told Him, “I want to see!”

52 “Go your way,” Jesus told him. “Your faith has healed you.” Immediately he could see and began to follow Him on the road.

I then had 4 simple points:

  1. Notice first of all that Bartimaeus was not dissuaded by those in the crowd who didn’t want him to reach out to Jesus. Verse 48 tells us that after many people told him to be quiet, “…he cried out all the more…” Probably all the louder! Let me ask you a question friend, “Why do you let others dissuade you from the presence of Almighty God? That’s just coo-coo!”
  2. And then notice that when Jesus called for Bartimaeus to be brought to Him, Bartimaeus, in verse 50, “threw off his cloak, jumped up, and went to Jesus.” How  do you think he “went to Jesus?” He probably RAN to Jesus. Can’t you just see Bartimaeus, BLIND-Bartimaeus, running to the sound of where Jesus was at, tripping all over people on his way. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited and smiling for Bartimaeus! Tell me, when you are in your prayer closet, do you, in your heart, RUN to Jesus…or is it just, not that big of a deal?
  3. Now this next verse (verse 51) is where Jesus then asks him, “What do you want?” I hear a lot of people praying today, and I could just hear them responding to Jesus, “What do You mean, ‘What do I want?’ It should be obvious Jesus! I want my sight!” I hear a lot of people today praying for, “my will to be done, here on earth, just as it should be in Heaven.” When of course the passage in the Lord’s prayer really says, “Thy will be done, on earth as it ALREADY is in Heaven.” And that is what makes Bartimaeus so special. I can see him bowing his head before Jesus, and then submissively, HUMBLY saying, “Rabi, I would like my sight.” I look forward to meeting this humble man.
  4. And then look at the end of verse 52. It says that this formerly blind man, immediately began to follow Jesus. . . It is as if he just, full out, without regard to anything in his past, just started living for God, Amen!

I then reminded the congregation, as I had numerous times during the message what Cottage Prayer Meetings were all about, namely, to gather like-minded people who share a common burden.

I told them of my friend Bill, who went to heaven before any of us on our prayer conference call had a chance to meet him. And I told the congregation that we periodically pray about Bill’s prayers thus, “Oh Lord, re-hear Bill’s prayers afresh, for his family, his church, his pastor and his friends.”

“And I believe,” I went on, “that God rehears your ancestors prayers afresh. Will he rehear yours?”

It was a solemn message, but I think a necessary one.

Embarrassingly Fabulous Meet

One of Our Conference Call Prayer Families Meet

The Trip

I had an embarrassingly fabulous time this weekend with a bunch of other pray-ers.

My prayer partner and I do about 30 prayer conference calls a week and every single one of them is different. In fact, not only are the prayers different from call to call, often they are different from week to week. Every one of them is unique and exciting. One of our groups is from Kentucky and meets every Thursday morning at 7:15. And over time we have become a family of believers, a family of pray-ers.

Well I had already met everybody but the three of them from Georgia had never met the two in Kentucky eyeball-to-eyeball so a road-trip was planned, and this last weekend it was executed.

I knew that it would be exciting for them to see each other for the first time and so when we arrived in Lexington Kentucky at the Cane Run Station Ministries church I jumped out of the car before anyone else did so that I could take photos of these folks embracing each other for the first time.

And I wasn’t disappointed. I watched these folks hug and cry and hold on to each other. It was so sweet. I felt so full watching these folks enjoy one another’s company. Their view of one another will NEVER be the same and we can’t wait for this Thursday’s prayer call!

The Embarrassment

But then the embarrassment came my way. I didn’t share it with the rest of the group for a couple of days because I needed to talk to the Lord about it and process it.

Have you ever wondered what it will be like when we meet Jesus? We all say that we are excited about seeing Jesus right? And intellectually I would agree that I have always been “excited” about seeing Jesus. But practically I have to tell you the reason I was embarrassed watching those folks come together, hugging on each other and laughing and crying is that I never saw my meeting Jesus, when I get to heaven, with the same love that these folks embraced one another.

It was a sobering thought.

If you have heard me pray at all you have heard me praise God as a God of relationship and the reason why I pray this is because I believe that He gives us relationships here on Earth to give us a hint or a glimmer or a sliver of what relationship is actually like with Him.

The Joy

Then my embarrassment turned to Joy. I realized that the Lord was giving me a hint, a glimmer, a sliver of seeing what it will be like when I meet Him for the very first time eyeball-to-eyeball. The excitement that these folks had for one another helped me think about my meeting my Savior in ways I had never conceived

Out of embarrassment I will confess to you, that I can now see in my mind’s eye the excitement that I will have meeting Jesus for the first time. And the reason I can finally see it is because I saw the excitement that these folks had meeting one another for the first time.

Blessings,

 

Mark S Mirza Signature

Colonial Woods Father’s Day Message

Collage of the Mt Zion Bus Crash Post Photos Used Last Week

Father’s Day 2017

This Father’s Day message took on a different tone this year as a result of the Mt. Zion Bus Crash. I wanted to address our “seemingly” Good, Good Father in light of this tragedy. The message  was hard hitting, and I hope comforting also.
Listen to “Colonial Woods” on Spreaker.

 

We tackled a number of subjects that I included the following 5 posts from last week:

 

The Big Picture

http://markmirza.com/mt-zion-bus-crash-part-1/

Why Did This Happen

http://markmirza.com/mt-zion-bus-crash-part-2/

When Can This Be Prevented

http://markmirza.com/mt-zion-bus-crash-part-3/

What Should I Pray Now

http://markmirza.com/mt-zion-bus-crash-part-4/

How Can I Trust God Again

http://markmirza.com/mt-zion-bus-crash-part-5/

The video above merely highlighted these posts.

I know that the first 4 of these are pretty “raw” but the last one will be a great blessing to you too.

Blessings,

Mark S Mirza Signature

Bible Time With Ken And Gary June 19, 2017

Featured Photo for a 1 hour video with the guys from Bible Time with Ken and Gary (June 19, 2017)

A New Video

This week I attended Bible Time with Ken and Gary in Columbus Georgia.

I love working with these guys. They have a heart for prayer, a heart for serving people, a heart for the church, and a heart for the lost.

This video encompassed a number of things on prayer, as well as them giving me a REAL BAD TIME about having my San Francisco Giants baseball cap and my Barry Bonds Baseball T-Shirt with me.

I thought they may want to convert!

They also allowed me to talk about my books at the end of the video.

I look forward to serving these guys again, and probably setting a few dates to speak over there.

Gary Hartman and I will set up another War Room Prayer Boot Camp for the Columbus area. This one will be at his church, Antioch Baptist in Fortson Georgia.

And then Ken Grubb who is the Southeast regional missionary for BCM International (BCMIntl.org) will have me speak next year at his staff retreats,

All in all a great time yesterday.

If you get the chance, listen in on our discussion about prayer. We covered a lot of ground, and didn’t “sugar-coat” very much of it.

Oh yeah! They also invited me to speak at their Hands Across America event on September 9th in Columbus.

We’ll keep you posted right here!

Blessings,

Mark S Mirza Signature

Mt Zion Bus Crash, Part 3

Mt Zion Bus Crash Photo

Mt. Zion Bus Crash, Wednesday,

WHEN CAN THIS BE PREVENTED?

Monday we committed to addressing a number of issues in these five posts. Each day we will link to the previous posts:

The Big Picture 
Why Did This happen? 
• When Can This Be Prevented?
• What Should I Pray Now?
• How Can I Trust God Again?

As I contemplate today’s post, and indeed all week’s posts, I am reminded of something that is completely counter-intuitive, namely, that our faith can, and I believe will be built up, even in the midst of these difficulties. However, that can only happen if our understanding of God is based on “rightly divided truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) which we will try to do again today. But be aware, many of you will be affected in different ways, like the way a pebble in a pond causes a ripple effect. Let me give you a comment from a pastor from day 1. He said, “Mark, things like this happen to the ungodly, why shouldn’t they happen to us too?”

Here are today’s issues we left you with on Monday. . .

When Can This Be Prevented:

Surely there are special prayers for specific instances that I can TRUST God to hear and answer, and ANSWER MY WAY, aren’t there? What does “His sovereignty” mean, especially in the light of sataN being the “god of this world.” Did the evil one “throw-a-fastball” by God?” He can’t do that, can he? Does God ever look down from heaven and say, “Gabriel, Michael, come here quick. How did that happen?” And moving forward, can I keep God from choosing to allow something difficult from happening? So all of this brings up the question, could this have been prevented?

If you do not want to read the rest of this post, here is the simple answer, “I have no idea if these things can be prevented or not!” But in the next few paragraphs. . .

I Will Share With You What I Do Know:

1 John 5:14-15 tell us that we can have confidence, NOT MERELY that God will hear our prayers, BUT so that “. . . we KNOW that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.”

Mark 11:24 states something similar when it says that we are to pray believing that we have ALREADY received that which we prayed for.

These two verses (among others) tell me one thing clearly and that is that I CAN CONFIDENTLY ask something AND EXPECT to receive it! I love Psalm 5:3 which says that we can come to the Lord in the morning, lay our requests before Him and then WAIT IN EXPECTATION.

So where’s the problem?

Why Wasn’t the Mt Zion Bus Tragedy Prevented?

To discuss this I need to address something that I believe DOES NOT OCCUR in the heavenlies. Some of you will disagree with me and I am okay with that, but if you respond, please respond with what Scripture says, okay?

Okay!

I have many godly friends that are “scared-to-death” of things that they say (like, scared-to-death) because they view Proverbs 18:21a, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue. . . “ to mean that whatever they say, can and will come back onto them. These very same people, again, godly friends of mine will say that God is absolutely sovereign. And I know them! They mean it! They are sincere!

Here’s the problem, if God is sovereign, then can my words overrule God’s direction? And they would answer yes. The reason they would answer yes is because of their view of “authority” which we’ll get to shortly.

Let me give you an example of God’s sovereignty when my words “hold the power of life and death,” as viewed above.

GOD
Gabriel, I want you to head on down to earth and comfort little Johnny before his big final.

GABRIEL
I’m on my way!

JOHNNY
Walking into class.
Oh, I just know that I am going to flunk this test.

GOD
Gabriel, stop! Don’t go. Little Johnny just spoke death into his test results. I can’t do anything about it.

You may think the above is silly, even if you define, “life and death in the power of the tongue” as stated above, but I am keeping the example simple, for clarity sake.

I repeat, you may think this is silly, but let me tell you why the above example is actually diabolical. This is diabolical because it goes to the misunderstood statement, “sataN is the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4) which is taken to mean that sataN has dominion over this world, when its real meaning is simply that when I or when the world follows the lead of the evil one, or is influenced by the evil one he is our “god” or our focus, or whom we follow.

Why do my godly friends, whom I truly love, say this? Simple, because in the wilderness during Christ’s temptations sataN himself offered to Jesus all of the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would bow down and worship him (Matthew 4:8-9). Remember that sataN misquoted Scripture to God Almighty in the wilderness, during this conversation. Do we actually believe he would tell the truth about anything else?

But let me keep going. Why then do these friends of mine say that the evil one has this kind of authority? ANSWER: Because in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve gave up legal right to the planet. Here’s one of the problems with that kind of thinking. AFTER THE GARDEN, God Himself claims sovereignty over all. He Himself also claims that He does WHATEVER He wants (Psalm 103:19, 115:3, 135:6).

Okay, follow me. If sataN has authority the way many think and believe. The following would occur.

GOD
Gabriel, I want you to head on down to earth and comfort little Johnny before his big final.

GABRIEL
I’m on my way!

SATAN
Claiming authority.
I will cause little Johnny to flunk this test.

GOD
Gabriel, stop! Don’t go. The evil one has just claimed authority onto Johnny’s test results. And I can’t do anything about it.

Again, this may seem silly to you, and FORGIVE ME my friends who think this way, but I have just used these examples to make a MUCH BIGGER point. A point that I believe transcends our denominational lines and is the basis of problems in EVERY CHURCH I go to.

The Problems:

  • God is not to be trusted, so we make excuses for Him regarding what occurs here on earth.
  • God’s will is not “really” sovereign and therefore not consulted!

I recently quoted a friend of mine who likes to say, “God’s answers are always bigger than our prayers.”

Men and women prayed for protection for this bus, but God intervened in what we would call a tragic way. And I would agree with you, completely! But this we know, God is sovereign, and so even though we do not understand “why” this happened, we trust “who” is sovereign.

Summing Up What We Know:

  1. This DID NOT occur because sataN out-foxed the Lord.
  2. Could this have been prevented? I don’t know? I lean toward saying, “N