Supplementing Your Faith Sunday School Lesson Take Aways

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Dear Class:

 

Today we were blessed by what Mark Mirza shared with us on the subject of sin and how we need to take it more seriously because God certainly does.  Mark explained that praising and thanking God are quite different.  We praise God for Who He is and we thank God for what He does.  If we begin our prayer time with praise, it properly prepares us for how we should approach our Heavenly Father with our thanks and our petitions.  There’s nothing wrong with asking God to bless us and those we care about (God’s grace), but it’s important that we learn how to also ask Him for His mercy.  God’s mercy happens when He doesn’t give us what we actually deserve – His judgment.  Mark referred to Psalm 51 as a good example of how to pray for God’s mercy.

We also discussed the subject of spiritual warfare within the context of accountability for our sin.  Mark shared the key to understanding the true meaning of James 4:7Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”  The key to success in resisting Satan is in our submitting to God.  As a matter of fact, it’s impossible to simultaneously submit to God’s will and commit sin.

Please pray that God will continue to bless Common Thread Ministries in its mission of “Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer”.  If you were blessed today by what Mark shared with us, please thank him and pray for God’s blessing on him and his wife, Naida.  His email address is: mark@ctmprayer.org

Mark also presented this message a few months ago in Columbus GA. Here it is:



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Note:

Please note that next Sunday, April 22, we will continue our study of 1 and 2 Corinthians with a focus on 1 Cor. 13 in which the Apostle Paul reminds us about the nature of genuine Christlike love.

 

Special Note:

Please consider attending a special event organized by The Friends of Israel  to be held on Sat., May 19 at In Touch Ministries.  It’s the Prophecy Up Close Conference that The Friends of Israel are conducting across America in which three future events in God’s prophetic calendar will be discussed – the Rapture, the Tribulation, and the Millennial Kingdom.  The conference starts at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm.  Registration is only $10 per person and includes lunch.  Go to www.foi.org/prophecy for details and registration.  InTouch Ministries is at 3836 Dekalb Technology Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30340.  Marie and I have already registered and hope to see you there.

 

 

???The Resurrection & April Fool’s Day???

Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer (Psalm 11:3)

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April Fool’s Day

CLICK HERE for the entire article.

You know, there are a lot of people that consider us FOOLISH for believing in God.

Below are just a few.

Quotes And Foolishness

I do not believe in God. I’m an atheist. I consider myself a critical thinker.
Seth MacFarlane

Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.
Richard Dawkins

I don’t believe in the afterlife.
Natalie Portman

Religion is the cause of all the problems in the world. I don’t believe in organized religion at all.
Gwyneth Paltrow

Religion is the worst enemy of mankind.
Bill Murray

By simple common sense I don’t believe in God, in none.
Charlie Chaplin

I’m not religious, I’m an atheist.
Daniel Radcliffe

If only I wasn’t an atheist, I could get away with anything.
Keira Knightley

I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly.
Albert Einstein

The Foolishness of God

Did you know that God also attributes FOOLISHNESS to Himself?

CLICK HERE for my post on this subject.

  • I give you 13 quotes by atheists
  • And you’ll have 10 videos of the foolishness we trust

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


FINALLY

Zero pressure, but the following items may interest you . . .

MARK’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL


Uplifting, Short Videos

To see Mark’s YouTube channel simply click on the icon above, or CLICK HERE.

Many of these videos have matching posts with additional explanations and information on our website (http://markmirza.com/)


DONATIONS

Zero Pressure!

But if you would like to know how you can help, let us show you what we at Common Thread Ministries are trusting God for in 2018:

  •     Resources at Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $300.00 up to $450.00
  •     Support for the Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $1,000.00
  •     Empowering of Lay People with Support Material
    •     Recommended Donation: $25.00 up to $100.00

You may also choose to give to our 501c3 on a monthly basis, either as a personal donation, or a church giving to a ministry and/or missionary. We are blessed to have a number of folks that honor us with $25.00 per month up to $100.00 per month.

To give, CLICK HERE.


CALENDAR

Lots Going on Every Day!

Please take the time to check it out by clicking the red calendar box above. And, if you will, use it to pray for us as we continue to pray that God will open doors so that we can spread this message and spread it boldly.

Remember our Men and Women’s Prayer Conference Calls.
Men: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 7 a.m.
Women: Monday, 10:15 a.m. / Thursday, 6:45 a.m.

  • All Times are Eastern
  • Call (641) 715-3680, Access Code 347361#

Thank you for praying.


Mark S Mirza
Founder/Speaker/Writer for Common Thread Ministries
E: Mark@CTMPrayer.org
W: www.MarkMirza.com
F: MarkMirza
F: CommonThreadMinistries
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Embarrassed Into A NEW Prayer Conference Call

Newest Conference Call

 

Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer (Psalm 11:3)

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RECENT PARTICIPANTS
AND FELLOW PRAY-ERS

1st To Those Who’ve ALREADY Seen This E-Letter

Forgive me but this E-Letter is BOTH announcing a NEW WOMEN’s Prayer Conference call, AS WELL AS thanking those who have recently participated in a Common Thread Ministries event.

CONFERENCE CALL PRAYING. . .

. . . for women at a LATER time than 6:45am (Eastern time).

This last week at Santuck Baptist in Wetumpka AL I felt embarrassed that we did not have a later time for women to pray.

So STARTING Monday, we now have 10:15am (Eastern time) set aside as a WEEKLY women’s prayer conference call.

Call in Nmber: (641) 715-3680
Access Code: 347361#

Please join us!

By The Way! If you have not taken advantage of our free book below, please do so.

THANKING YOU

Now, to those of you who participated in this week’s Prayer Conference, Boot Camp, or Sunday message, whichever venue brought us together.

Our desire is to send you an E-Letter about 3 times per month, and no more than that. We trust that they will strengthen and encourage your prayer life.

We design them so that you can quickly “skim” the E-Letter and choose to look at what interests you the most. If you choose to, you can always unsubscribe, at the bottom of each E-Letter.

And of course, so that you can see what you are getting yourself into, please CLICK HERE to see previous E-Letters.

REMEMBER

Prayer is more caught than taught. So if you want to further your learning to pray, get around as many people as you can, that pray.

Depending upon the scope of our recent meeting, you may be tempted to walk away saying to yourself, “Oh, I’ve been praying wrong my whole life.”

No! Please no! You’ve been praying the way you were taught. But, now you have the opportunity, perhaps honor (and responsibility) to put into practice some of the prayer principles that you have just learned.

A TANGIBLE THANK YOU

As a tangible thank you, I’d like to give you, as my gift, an electronic version of Power From On High. It is the history of the Moravian revival, originally written in 1928 for their 200th Anniversary.

You may know that the Moravians started a prayer meeting in 1727 that lasted 100 years. To this historical account we have added questions at the end of each chapter making it a great, 7 week, small group Bible study that will both challenge and encourage your prayer life.

To download this FREE BOOK, either click on the icon below or CLICK HERE.

Power From On High is also available on Kindle and in print. For either option, just CLICK HERE.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Of course, we have plenty of additional resources for you to view. Many are from other authors but you can also purchase Mark’s works:

  • His Novels
  • His Prayer Made Alive series
  • His Prayer Classics, which include:
    • A Children’s book from 1889
    • A Daily Devotional from the 1830’s

Just click the icon below or simply CLICK HERE.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve you this week.


FINALLY

Zero pressure, but the following items may interest you . . .

MARK’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL


Uplifting, Short Videos

To see Mark’s YouTube channel simply click on the icon above, or CLICK HERE.

Many of these videos have matching posts with additional explanations and information on our website (http://markmirza.com/)


DONATIONS

Zero Pressure!

But if you would like to know how you can help, let us show you what we at Common Thread Ministries are trusting God for in 2018:

  •     Resources at Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $300.00 up to $450.00
  •     Support for the Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $1,000.00
  •     Empowering of Lay People with Support Material
    •     Recommended Donation: $25.00 up to $100.00

You may also choose to give to our 501c3 on a monthly basis, either as a personal donation, or a church giving to a ministry and/or missionary. We are blessed to have a number of folks that honor us with $25.00 per month up to $100.00 per month.

To give, CLICK HERE.


CALENDAR

Lots Going on Every Day!

Please take the time to check it out by clicking the red calendar box above. And, if you will, use it to pray for us as we continue to pray that God will open doors so that we can spread this message and spread it boldly.

Thank you for praying.


Mark S Mirza
Founder/Speaker/Writer for Common Thread Ministries
E: Mark@CTMPrayer.org
W: www.MarkMirza.com
F: MarkMirza
F: CommonThreadMinistries
F: ThePray-ers

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T: @ThePray_ers
I: CTMPrayer

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Taking Sin Too Lightly

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Sobering Look at Sin

The 30 minute audio below came from Pinehurst Baptist Church in November 2017.

It is sobering and so I will merely give you the link, and below it, a few notes. Please note that when it gets a bit difficult to hear, it is because I am on my belly talking to God. This I did in front of the congregation, and would do it again if given the chance.

Psalm 51:17

The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart.

What’s In Your Mind When Sin is in Your Heart?

Sin’s Impact on Your Prayer Life

Deuteronomy 3:26

But the LORD was angry with me on account of you and would not listen to me. The LORD said to me, ‘That’s enough! Do not speak to Me again about this matter.

Isaiah 1:15

When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will refuse to look at you; even if you offer countless prayers, I will not listen. . .

Isaiah 59:2

But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have made Him hide His face from you so that He does not listen.

Lamentations 3:41-44

41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands
to God in heaven:
42 We have sinned and rebelled;
You have not forgiven.

ס Samek
43 You have covered Yourself in anger and pursued us;
You have killed without compassion.
44 You have covered Yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.

Proverbs 28:9

Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law– even his prayer is detestable.

Cry Out for Mercy

By Praying Thru Psalm 38, then

Remember Psalm 51:17 . . .

So You Can Get to Psalm 118:19

 

Blessings my friends,

Mark S Mirza Signature

PS. Forgive me for “staging” the featured image above, but I searched and searched the internet and couldn’t find anyone prostrating themselves that looked remotely like they might be Baptist.

Seriously, that is where I prostrate myself before the Lord, the only thing is there is normally a  cocktail table in the center of the rug, but again, this is ONLY A VISUAL.

Thank you for understanding.

Supplementing Your Faith Sunday School Lesson Take Aways

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Dear Class:

 

Today we began our study of 1 and 2 Corinthians as we looked at 1 Corinthians 1-4.  These chapters cover Paul’s response to what was a major problem within the church at Corinth – disunity.  The church was supposed to be the unified Body of Christ but was beginning to resemble the disunified world.

During our class discussion the question was asked, “How does God feel about there being so many Christian denomination”?   Denominations are not in the Bible.  They came about as a result of the Protestant Reformation, the movement to “reform” the Roman Catholic Church during the 16th centuryThe Bible is very clear that as believers, we must be of “one mind” (the mind of Christ) on the essentials of the faith, but beyond that there is latitude in how Christians are to worship in a corporate setting. This latitude is what causes so many different “flavors” of Christianity.  It’s important to draw a distinction between Christian denominations and cults.  Baptists, Methodists, and Lutherans are examples of Christian denominations whereas Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses are examples of cults.  A Christian church will always see Jesus Christ as the head of the church (Colossians 1:18); always teach about the responsibility Christians have to love one another (1 John 4:11-12); and ultimately be united as one in Christ (John 17:21-22).

Yes, there is the potential for much harm to the universal Body of Christ with denominationalism.  Disagreements over the interpretation of Scripture  when taken personally can become points of contention. This leads to arguments which can damage the witness of the church.  Denominations have been misused for self-interest by those promoting personal agendas, leading to apostasy.  Despite these concerns, the Bible tells us that we are expected to assemble with other believers to worship in spirit and in truth.  We should select a church in which to do that, not based on a denomination, but on the basis of its relationship to Christ, it’s reliance upon the working of the Holy Spirit, and it’s adherence to the Word of God.

God cares most about our individual relationship with Him through our faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ. There are certain basic doctrines in which we must believe, but the methods and styles by which we serve and worship Him can be diverse; it’s this diversity that is the only good reason for denominations.  Diversity allows us to be individuals in Christ, disunity however divides and destroys.
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Note:

Please note that next Sunday, March 11, we will continue our study of 1 & 2 Corinthians with a focus on 1 Corinthians, chapters 5-6 in which the Apostle Paul calls upon the church in Corinth to repent of its worldliness.

 

 

Prayer Basics at Piedmont Park

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Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer (Psalm 11:3)

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My Dear Pray-ers,

 

Prayer Basics Class #2 is below.

CLICK HERE to review Class #1

Class #2 touches on:

  • Intimacy with God
  • Knowing God’s Will
  • Wrestling with God, and
  • Fasting

PRAYER BASICS, CLASS #2

INTIMACY WITH GOD
Is God interested in intimacy with you?
How interested?
And how do you know?

Dr. Charles F. Stanley gives us a surprising insight.
And Scripture gives us an incredible visual. 

CLICK HERE or the icon below.


KNOWING GOD’S WILL
Do you really think you can know God’s will?
If you can, it will give you GREAT confidence in prayer!
But beware!

Don’t miss THE WARNING! 

CLICK HERE or the icon below.


WRESTLING WITH GOD
What does this mean?

We give you two examples from Scripture.
One does well, the other, not so.

And then we tell you of a third wrestler, whose in my novel.

CLICK HERE or the icon below.


FASTING
Do people still Fast?
Why?
How?

And what do 2 dozen donuts have to do with fasting?

CLICK HERE or the icon below.


Subsequent Prayer Basics E-Letters

As this series continues we will address various other basic prayer principles, such as:

  • Memorization of Scripture
  • Praising God
  • Confident Praying
  • Listening to God
  • Praying For Direction
  • Hedge of Protection
  • Praying for Protection
  • Traveling Mercies
  • Taking Sin Too Lightly
  • Calling God a Liar
  • Hindrances to Prayer
  • Prayer Marshals
  • What’s Wrong With 2 Chronicles 7:14
  • Spiritual Warfare

 


Donations

Zero Pressure!

But if you would like to know how you can help, let us show you what we at Common Thread Ministries are trusting God for in 2018:

  •     Resources at Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $300.00 up to $450.00
  •     Support for the Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $1,000.00
  •     Empowering of Lay People with Support Material
    •     Recommended Donation: $25.00 up to $100.00

You may also choose to give to our 501c3 on a monthly basis, either as a personal donation, or a church giving to a ministry and/or missionary. We are blessed to have a number of folks that honor us with $25.00 per month up to $100.00 per month.

To give, CLICK HERE.


CALENDAR

Lots Going on Every Day!

Please take the time to check it out by clicking the red calendar box above. And, if you will, use it to pray for us as we continue to pray that God will open doors so that we can spread this message and spread it boldly.

Thank you for praying.


Mark S Mirza
Founder/Speaker/Writer for Common Thread Ministries
E: Mark@CTMPrayer.org
W: www.MarkMirza.com
F: MarkMirza
F: CommonThreadMinistries
F: ThePray-ers
Y: CTMPrayer
T: @CTMPrayer
T: @ThePray_ers
I: @CTMPrayer

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Billy Graham and Messy Prayer

Post cover page regarding a messy prayer with Billy Graham

I haven’t laughed like this in a while

I can’t speak for the author’s religious experience, but I love his ability to tell a story. And since it centers around prayer and Billy Graham, believe me, this, “Prayer In The News” article is worth the read.  

 Sometimes Prayer is Messy

Messy Prayer with Billy GrahamMessy prayer with the great Billy Graham?
No Way!
I mean seriously, Billy Graham?
Well, yes, as this article makes clear. . .
Sometimes prayer turns MESSY,
Even with the great ones.
So what’s the take away?
Simple, expect your prayers to get messy, sometimes.

 A Prayer With Billy Graham Turns Out To Be A Bit Messy

FEB 3, 2018
This article was found online at: http://wvxu.org/post/prayer-billy-graham-turns-out-be-bit-messy#stream/0
And the author can be found on Twitter @howardwilkinson

So read his article, AND BE WARNED:

 

One of the most memorable interviews I’ve done in my career was with a man who was not a politician, but was a spiritual adviser to many occupants of the White House over the years.

 

Billy Graham, the world’s most famous TV evangelist, who has spread his Gospel message to billions on television and in person all over the world since starting his ministry by pitching tents in a Los Angeles parking lot in 1949, is now 99 years old and living in retirement in his mountaintop home near Asheville, North Carolina.

 

In Cincinnati, most people remember the four sweltering hot nights in June 2002, when the then-83-year-old Graham, in a city where racial divisions were running high, preached a message of reconciliation to 201,600 people who crowded into Paul Brown Stadium over the four nights.

 

Not as many, probably, remember Graham’s previous crusade in Cincinnati – in October 1977, where he packed Riverfront Stadium for four nights.

President Reagan
presents Billy Graham with the
Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1983
CREDIT WHITE HOUSE/REAGAN
PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

 

 

I’ll never forget it. It was when I managed to get a one-on-one interview with the man himself. An improbable feat for a 24-year-old rookie reporter.

 

About two months earlier, I had been hired by the Troy Daily News in Miami County, which, at the time, had a circulation of about 11,000 daily and maybe 17,000 or so on their brand-new Sunday edition.

 

I spent five years at the Troy Daily News, even though I was making dirt wages most of the time. I didn’t care. I had fun. I loved the people there; still stay in touch with many of them.

 

And the Troy Daily News was a little newspaper that didn’t seem to know it was little.

 

They would let me cover just about anything – the Democratic National Convention in New York in 1980, Pope John Paul II’s first visit to America in October 1979, and the Carter-Reagan debate in Cleveland, which I wrote about in this space last week.

 

We had run some stories from our wire service, UPI, about the upcoming Graham crusade in Cincinnati; and we were getting regular press releases from the Graham organization.

 

One of releases mentioned the possibility of interviews with Billy Graham himself.

 

I was intrigued.

 

I told my editors I was going to contact the ministry and try to set something up with Graham in Cincinnati, which was about a 75 mile drive down Interstate 75 from Troy.

 

Yeah, go ahead. Good luck. That was the response I got.

 

As big as the Troy Daily News acted sometimes, they realized they were small potatoes compared to the big city newspapers and the network TV affiliates.

 

My chances, I think, were rated slim to none; and slim had left town.

 

I called a number at the Graham Ministries headquarters in Charlotte and spoke to a very friendly woman in the press office. I explained what I would like to do and that I knew there were many people in our circulation area who planned to come to Cincinnati for the Billy Graham Crusade or would like to.

 

Yes, I think we can arrange that, she said.

 

I was dumbfounded. I had fully expected to be politely blown off.

 

Excuse, me, I’m sorry, I said, but did you just say you could arrange that?

 

She said, yes, and suggested a time – the morning of Graham’s first night at Riverfront Stadium – in his hotel suite in downtown Cincinnati.

 

Yes, we’ll put it on the schedule, she said. I’m sure Rev. Graham will be pleased to meet you!

 

I went back into the newsroom and told the editors. There was some elation on their part, some atta boys, and everybody went back to work.

 

Of course, I had to tell my parents – good church-going United Methodists that they were. My mother, in particular, was delighted – she enjoyed watching the ordained Southern Baptist minister’s crusades on television and loved the booming singing voice of George Beverly Shea, who sang gospel songs at Graham Crusades for many decades.

 

I think, in her eyes, I had finally made something of myself – Her little boy was going to interview Billy Graham!

 

The night before, I got in the rusted-out 1969 Olds 88 I was driving at the time and drove down to Sharonville, where I got a cheap motel room so I could get up early and be at Graham’s downtown hotel early in the morning – the Westin on Fountain Square, as I recall.

 

I got my wake-up call in the motel; showered; dressed in a suit jacket and tie (not my standard work attire, then or now); and started down I-75 to downtown.

 

I arrived at the hotel ahead of time; killed some time drinking coffee in the lobby and reading the Enquirer.

 

Then, it was time to go to the suite.

 

I knocked on the door; and was greeted by a young man who worked for the Crusade.

 

Come in and have a seat, he said, Rev. Graham will be with you in just a moment.

 

I sunk down into a comfy arm chair; there was an identical one sitting a few feet away. In between was a stand with a silver tray, loaded with various kinds of Danish, croissants, and fancy scoops of butter on little doily-covered plates.

 

I was asked if I would like something to drink. Coffee? Tea? Orange Juice? Water?

 

I choose black coffee; and it appeared almost instantly.

 

So, too, did Billy Graham.

 

He came striding out of the main bedroom, with a welcoming smile and outstretched hands.

 

Welcome, my friend! Welcome! Your name is Howard, yes? Good to meet you!

 

And grabbing my right hand with both of his, he gave me what I can only describe as an extremely hearty handshake.

 

He sat in the chair next to me, asked for some juice and rubbed his hands together.

 

So, what would you like to talk about, my friend?

 

I started rattling off questions. I wanted to know his thoughts on the role of religious faith in hard economic times such as the nation was facing then. I wanted to know his views on civil rights as a minister born in 1918 in the segregated South.

 

I wanted to know about his reputation as “the minister to presidents,” having had a personal relationship with American presidents since Eisenhower. And I was particularly interested in his relationship with the then-current president, Jimmy Carter, who was, like him, raised a Southern Baptist.

 

Graham was not only pleasant, but I had the sense that he was listening to what I had to say and had respect for me, even though I was a very young and relatively inexperienced journalist.

 

After about 40 minutes, an aide came out and said we would have to wrap up because Rev. Graham had other interviews lined up.

 

Graham asked me if I had a church background; I told him, yes, I had been raised in the United Methodist Church, but admitted that I was not as active in it as I had been in the past.

 

Someday, my friend, you will feel the need to go back to your church roots, he said.

 

Then, he asked me something I did not expect.

 

Would you mind if we ended our talk with a prayer?

 

That was a first in my young journalism career – an interview subject asking me to pray with him.

 

Somewhat flustered, I said, yes, of course.

 

He reached across the table with the sweet rolls and butter, laid both of his hands on mine and began to pray.

 

What he didn’t realize was that he had jammed my right hand into the tray, pressing it down into an apple Danish and squashing a medallion of butter.

 

As he prayed, I could feel the fruit and the butter oozing between my fingers.

 

After a few minutes, he said amen and let me raise my hands. He immediately saw the mess all over my right hand.

 

Oh, my! Did I do that? I am so very sorry.

 

I told him it was no problem.

 

He summoned his aide. Take Howard to the bathroom where he can clean off his hands. It seems I made mess praying.

 

I went; washing and drying my hands.

 

When I came back, he was still apologizing as I got my coat and headed toward the door.

 

That was so clumsy of me. I’m really very sorry.

 

Reverend Graham, don’t think anything of it. Praying with you was worth getting my hands a little messy.

 

And, believe me, I meant it.

Blessings,
Mark S Mirza Signature

 

A New E-Letter Series, Prayer Basics, Class #1

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Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer (Psalm 11:3)

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My Dear Pray-ers,

I’m beginning a new series of E-Letters that we’ll call Prayer Basics.

This series of E-Letters will be split up with other items, like a special Valentines Day E-Letter that I’m working on, and other E-Letters as appropriate.

This first Prayer Basics E-Letter will touch on:

  1. Doubt
  2. Worry
  3. Thanks, and
  4. Praying with your Bible open.

 


PRAYER BASICS, CLASS #1

DOUBT
One of the most overlooked issues in prayer, is “doubting while we pray.” Let this short post and this 2 minute video help you. I know that it will. CLICK HERE or the icon below.

WORRY
Isn’t it easy to worry? There was a time when I was a GREAT worrier. This 3 minute video and short post will show you that you can deal with worry, no matter how much you worry. CLICK HERE or the icon below.

THANKS
We all know the verse about giving thanks “IN every situation” but did you know that there is a passage that says we’re to thank God “FOR every situation,” also? Praise the Lord that the video is under 2 minutes. CLICK HERE or the icon below.

OPEN BIBLE
And just for fun (and entertainment) I have added this video from a friend of mine singing a song of what happens when you allow “Dust on the Bible.” CLICK HERE or the icon below.


Subsequent Prayer Basics E-Letters

We will address numerous basic prayer principles, here are just a few of them:

  • Intimacy with God
  • Wrestling with God
  • Listening to God
  • Knowing God’s Will
  • Protection
  • Traveling Mercies
  • Fasting
  • Spiritual Warfare

 


Donations

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But if you would like to know how you can help, let us show you what we at Common Thread Ministries are trusting God for in 2018:

  •     Resources at Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $300.00 up to $450.00
  •     Support for the Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $1,000.00
  •     Empowering of Lay People with Support Material
    •     Recommended Donation: $25.00 up to $100.00

You may also choose to give monthly, either as a personal donation, or a church giving to a minister/missionary.

To give, CLICK HERE.


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Please take the time to check it out by clicking the red calendar box above. And, if you will, use it to pray for us as we continue to pray that God will open doors so that we can spread this message and spread it boldly.

Thank you for praying.

 

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Praying for Direction

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The God of Peace

What do all of these have in common?

  • When you need direction
  • When someone near you needs direction in their life
  • When you are confused
  • When you have no peace

ANSWER: The God of peace has the answer.

Lack of Peace is an Answer

And remember, that you DO NOT HAVE PEACE is also an answer.

You may call it a “check in your spirit.”

Until you have peace, you do not move forward.

No Peace, No Move!

Blessings My Friends,

 

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Mark’s Secret Mathematical Prayer Formula

Mathematical Prayer Formula

Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer (Psalm 11:3)

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My Dear Pray-ers,

 

After a DECADE of study
I am ready to REVEAL
the coveted . . .
SECRET MATHEMATICAL PRAYER FORMULA . . .

 

Y = P * 2A + (∞F ⟹ W) + (S ≈ I) * Ø(d+c)

Mathematics

Have fun with me as we go through this, and note that, as with many complicated mathematical formulas, they are constantly being rewritten.

This one is no exception.

Going through my Secret Mathematical Prayer Formula I realized an error.
If I were to multiply “zero” by the rest of the formula, the logical  answer to “Y” would be zero. That needed to change.

Fortunately mathematics gave me the solution. Hence, the last multiplication sign was recalculated as a minus sign.

And voila!

So this is our FINAL equation:

Y = P * 2A + (∞F ⟹ W) + (S ≈ I) – Ø(d+c)

 


Defining Terms

At the end of this E-Letter I will read the completed equation to you.

In the mean-time, let’s dive in.

“Y” stands for a YES to your prayer!

Have you ever considered that Jesus never went to the Father wondering about His answer? Jesus always prayed expecting a “YES” and so should you. Even when He gave us the model-prayer in Matthew 6:9ff the entire tenor of it is, expect God to answer. And earlier in verse 6, talking about prayer Jesus said, “. . . your Father . . . will reward you.”

If you are wondering about the Garden of Gethsemane experience Jesus had, consider two words, “wrestling” and “submitting.” Jesus wrestled and since He knew the Father’s will, He (Jesus) submitted to the Father.

Jesus’ dealings with prayer were ALWAYS with an expectation of a YES, because He trusted His Father.

 
In my novel, The Pray-ers, watch these men and women model prayer where they expect God to answer, not out of arrogance, but out of trusting their God.

CLICK HERE to purchase the hard copy, the remainder of this month for $14.00 (normally $23.95).
CLICK HERE  to purchase the Kindle version for $6.99.


“P” is the act of PRAYING.

This should be easy to figure out since this is what we are dealing with. And yet, do you realize that there are SOME THINGS that we do not have, because we do not ask? (See James 4:2).

I suspect some of you are thinking, “Why ask? Doesn’t God already know our needs BEFORE we ask (Matthew 6:8)?

Have you considered why we pray at all? It is for one reason. God WANTS a relationship with you! Think about that! In spite of you (and me), He wants a relationship with you (and me).


“A” stands for the word ABIDING.

And why is the equation “2A” above? Because the word “Abide” appears twice in John 15:7 and both occurrences are very significant, and very different from one another.

I recently heard a pastor quote this verse by saying, “. . . abide in Him and in His words.” BUT MY READERS, that is not what the passage says. It says that you are to ABIDE IN HIM and let His words ABIDE IN YOU.

When His words abide in you, that is when you start asking His will. This happens because they are His words. And then the last part of the verse becomes true, “then you will ask whatever you will and it will be done unto you.”

You can abide in him all day long but if you don’t let his words abide in you, you don’t have a prayer. Sorry for the pun.

 
Originally written in the 1830’s, we have taken this Daily Devo with “A Precept, A Promise and A Prayer” for each day and molded them into a powerful prayer tool. This is one of our CTMPrayer Classics and believe me, it is.

CLICK HERE to purchase the hard copy, the remainder of this month for $12.00 (normally 16.95).


“F” stands for FAITH.

But not just any faith! It stands for “∞F” which is an “infinite amount of faith.”

Now before you start to get depressed, because your faith isn’t that great, let me remind you of what Jesus said by first telling you what He did NOT say.

  • Jesus did not say you have to have a TON of faith. The AMOUNT OF YOUR FAITH is not the issue.
  • Jesus DID say, you could have as little faith as a mustard seed and accomplish what is needed (Matthew 17:20).

Another time we’ll discuss why teachers tell you to build your faith to astronomical proportions, but not here.

What I will tell you though, is why you can have “infinite-faith, sufficient-faith, perfect-faith,” even if your faith is only comparable to a mustard seed.

The answer is the rest of the equation within the parenthesis.

“W” is WILL, God’s will.

The equation says, “infinite faith ⟹ W

In other words, infinite faith occursIf and Only If it is centered on God’s will.”

Look at 1 John 5:14-15. When does God’s answer come? The passage clearly says, when we ask according to His will.

It ain’t rocket-science, is it?

But it does require the next portion of the equation.


“S” is the act of SUBMITTING to God.

I’m sorry, but you knew that the “S” word would enter this equation somewhere, didn’t you?

The problem with the “S” word is that it requires you to trust Him. Do you think you trust God? Are you sure? Or are you just hoping you trust Him?

Take this test and find out:

  • Get a blank piece of paper.
  • At the top write, “God’s Will for My Life.”
  • And then sign-it, BLANK.

Okay, I just told you the PROBLEM with the “S” word. Now let me give you the “ginormous” benefit of the “S” word. It is found in both Mark 11:24 and the rest of the equation, within the parenthesis.

Note that the “S is Congruent to I” and,

“I” represents God already “IN THE PROCESS” of answering your prayer.

You see, the ginormous benefit in doing “S” namely, submitting to God is because God tells us we can believe that we have “already received” what we are talking to Him about.

Let me say it this way, “God is already “I” IN THE PROCESS of giving me what I ask.

Work the Secret Mathematical Prayer Formula backwards:

  • “I” God is already “In the process” of answering my prayer,
  • “S” When I submit
  • “W” To His will,
  • “F” With my mustard seed faith

“d” represents DISOBEDIENCE.

The mathematical term in front of this parenthetical portion of our Prayer Formula means “an empty or ‘null’ set” of both the “d” and the “c” of our formula. In other words we’re not to have any “d” and any “c” in our life.

“d” being disobedience is pretty straight-forward, right? So let’s look at “c” and understand it. 

“c” is the act of using the word CAN when you pray.

Going back to Mark 11:24, where we are told to “believe that we have already received” that which we are praying for, I’d like to ask you, the reader, to do something for me, okay?

I would like you to be EMBARRASSED the next time you use the word “can” when you pray!

And here’s why.

Assuming the Holy Spirit didn’t make a mistake, and Mark 11:24 can be believed, God is already in the process of giving you your answer! Think about that! Since that is the case, why are you asking Him if He “can” do it?

Let’s get back to the “d” word for a moment. In Psalm 24:3-4, we are told to enter His presence with “clean hands and a pure heart.” Why? Because sin has an impact on your prayer life (Proverbs 28:9, Isaiah 59:2, and a host of others).

 
Allow this incredible history of the godly and obedient Moravians to motivate your life, including your prayer life. You will be moved by their commitment and challenged by the questions at the end of each chapter, making this book an excellent small group study guide. It was written 90 years ago and is an addition to our CTMPrayer Classics. The questions were added by me and have been regarded well. By the way, this is our latest full length book.

CLICK HERE  to purchase the hard copy, the remainder of this month for $9.99 (normally 14.99).
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Putting It All Together

  • You WILL get a YES
  • When you PRAY,
  • If you ABIDE in Him AND His words ABIDE in you.
  • Then your sufficient FAITH,
  • Subject to His WILL,
  • Causes you to SUBMIT to Him
  • After all, He’s already IN THE PROCESS of answering!
  • Motivating you to OBEDIENCE
  • Eliminating CAN from your prayers

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Donations

Zero Pressure!

But if you would like to know how you can help, let us show you what we at Common Thread Ministries are trusting God for in 2018.

There are a few very specific items that we would love for you to participate in:

  •     Resources at Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $300.00 up to $450.00
  •     Support for the Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $1,000.00
  •     Empowering of Lay People with Support Material
    •     Recommended Donation: $25.00 up to $100.00

You may also choose to give monthly, either as a personal donation, or a church giving to a minister/missionary.

To give, CLICK HERE.


Calendar

Lots going on every day!

Please take the time to check it out by clicking the red calendar box above. And, if you will, use it to pray for us as we continue to pray that God will open doors so that we can spread this message and spread it boldly.

Thank you for praying.

 

Mark S Mirza
Founder/Speaker/Writer for Common Thread Ministries
E: Mark@CTMPrayer.org
W: www.MarkMirza.com
F: MarkMirza
F: CommonThreadMinistries
F: ThePray-ers
Y: CTMPrayer
T: @CTMPrayer
T: @ThePray_ers
I: @CTMPrayer

Copyright © 2018 Common Thread Ministries, All rights reserved.
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Our mailing address is:

Common Thread Ministries

850 Piedmont Ave NE #1506

Atlanta, GA 30308

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