Plow One Row at a Time

Plow One Row at a Time


On our conference calls today I shared with a few of them that I daily wake up with a gazillion things on my mind. Here is how one of the calls went:

I said, “I wake up with a million things on my brain that I need to do.” And hePlow in South Georgia

responded with,  “Do like they do in South Georgia, plow one row at a time.”

When you read, in my book, The Pray-ers, about how our they model prayer in their lives, you will see prayer lived out the way we need to live it in our lives. Prayer IS SO applicable to us, please my friends, be devoted to prayer, being watchful and thankful (Colossians 4:2), and if you would, remember to pray for me, that God would open doors that I may speak this message and speak it boldly as I know that I should (Colossians 4:3-4).,


Mark S Mirza

A Threefold Cord – July 21

A Threefold Cord – July 21


Common Thread Ministries is honored to have as a friend of the ministry, Bro. David from Nakuru, Kenya. He and his wife have had to deal with much tragedy, making this excerpt from A Threefold Cord very timely.

This was taken this last March when we were preparing for our later, May trip.

July 2, from A Threefold Cord


Precept (Principle)     

Zechariah 9:12a       
Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope.

Promise (from God) 

Hebrews 9:24       
Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands… but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us

Prayer (to God)    

Luke 23:42       
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when Thou comest into thy kingdom.

Combine the Precept and Promise and Prayer and pray them back to the Lord as one prayer

What a great reminder that our focus is NOT on our circumstances. Who is our Stronghold?
Yes, Jesus!

What is a prisoner of hope?
Yes, you and I whose hope is in the Lord, our Christ!

And where is Jesus now?
Yes, in heaven at the Father’s right hand (Hebrews 1:3; 8:1), “where He ever lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).”

So now let us pray with the penitent thief, “Lord Jesus, remember me when You enter Your kingdom. When I awake with anxiety I will turn my focus to You (Romans 8:6), for You are my peace (Ephesians 2:14).”

(THESE DAILY DEVOS are all posted on Mark’s Common Thread Ministries FB page


Mark S Mirza

Abortion In The Church

Abortion In The Church

abortion, love, church

Abortion among believers in the church is an issue that I felt compelled to introduce in my first novel, The Pray-ers. The article referenced above which you can link to by clicking on the picture is an excellent read.

While I’d like to give you some of the excerpts from my book, so that you can see how it is dealt with, I cannot, because I fear that it would impact your enjoyment of this part of the story which, even though a small part of the book, impacts key aspects of the two of the character’s lives.


Your Passion for Prayer is Evident

Your Passion for Prayer is Evident

passion the pray-ers

Just for the record, the title for this blog came from David as an email he sent to me. But please, don’t get me wrong. He’s a nice guy and all, BUT, his first quote WAS NOT SO NICE!

I posted his first quote onto my FB page here. Basically he said, “Hey Mark, I started to read your book last night and it put me to sleep.”

Being the positive thinker I am I chose to applaud the fact that my book is soothing.

So I was very pleased to get the following email from Dave today:

Hi Mark:

First of all let me say it was good to meet you last week at ICRS. You definitely have a passion for prayer and that became more evident as I read your book “The Prayers”. Just seeing the prayers flow from the book was encouraging. I enjoyed the way Hael and Dale interacted. Did you put the questions to the Wesley prayer book or someone else? Just wanted to let you know I finished it and did not fall asleep. Blessings and looking forward to the next book.

Dave Allen

Lam. 3:22-24

Seriously, I think he and I are becoming friends and I think I need to move forward on book 2.


Mark S Mirza

A Threefold Cord – July 3

A Threefold Cord – July 3

Below is what I shared with my Kenyan Ministry Group page on WhatsApp this morning:

Wait on God ACTIVELY


Precept (Principle)    
Psalm 37:7a       
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.

Promise (from God)   
Proverbs 20:22b       
Wait on the Lord, and He shall save thee.

Prayer (to God)
Genesis 49:18       
I have waited for Thy salvation, O Lord.


If there was ever a time when I was comfortable calling You my Daddy God, it is here. You have showed me that when I wait on You, when I am patient, my Daddy God does not forget me. Thank You, my Lord and my God, thank You…

NOTE: What do you accomplish WITHOUT waiting on God? Imagine how well you complete something WITHOUT waiting on Him, and now, just for a moment, consider how well it might be completed if you DID wait on Him.

Look at today’s 366 day devo, the focused is waiting on the Lord. But allow me up be transparent with you.

I WANT TO MOVE FORWARD!!! In fact I’m tired of NOT moving forward.

And yet, the Lord CLEARLY has me waiting on Him. I can only surmise that I am not ready and/or circumstances are not ready. Nevertheless, I must wait. And as I wait I think of the words from a Dr. Charles Stanley sermon, “the Lord wants “active waiting” in my life.”

What is active waiting?

Look at the Deuteronomy passage below, one could say that active waiting is waiting obediently

Deuteronomy 10:12
“Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,

“Coincidentally,” I have been awake in the wee hours of the morning here in the USA, talking to the Lord about waiting on Him. Perhaps I can sleep now.

(THESE DAILY DEVOS are all posted on Mark’s Common Thread Ministries FB page

Mark S Mirza