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A Short Note from Mark S Mirza






My Dear Pray-ers,

Yes! We’re Back. . . After taking a hiatus from writing.

Thank you for all of the recent purchases during our “IRS Half-Off Sale” and yes that was way out of character for me. So thank you for hanging in there.

Thank you also for your feedback from Gretchen’s short stories: Memoirs of Alex (www.MarkMirza.com/Gretchen). Do you remember Gretchen? If you have read The Pray-ers then you know that she is the one our itinerant preacher Brother Alex is falling in love with (even though he doesn’t realize it yet). And forgive me, but I don’t know if he finds out he’s in love in Book 2 or Book 3.

So instead of waiting on him I jumped ahead and started writing, I mean Gretchen started writing the memoirs of her husband for their 20th wedding anniversary.

As of this writing three short stories by Gretchen are available for download, and they’re FREE!

2017 has been a busy year:

  • We have added 13 books to our resources this month, CLICK HERE.
  • Two Prayer Boot Camps are already completed and more are being planned right now.
  • REBUILT Prayer Conferences are moving well with one completed and more scheduled.
  • Kenyan missions should be active later this year.
  • We have scheduled six book fairs this year, and I’ve started writing Book 2 of The Pray-ers trilogy, Spiritual Warfare!
  • And of course God is opening plenty of 2017 Sunday Intensives for me.

Blessings my friends,


Remember simply to click below . . .


April’s Special Resource


The Battle Plan for Prayer was written by the Kendrick brothers and is based on the movie War Room. If you have been to one of my Prayer Boot Camps then you know that we use this book for much of our teaching. 

It retails for $16.99 but you can buy it for $11.95 through MarkMirza.com and get FREE shipping.

Please also take the time to look into our other resources. A number of new books have been added (CLICK HERE). Our intention is to put new products up on our website each month. CLICK HERE for your old favorites and a host of new ones.

Prayer Pillars

From the beginning of Common Thread Ministries we have always realized there is a need for certain “Pillars” if you will, to be incorporated into our ministry. At our website we have a variety of ways for you to find these pillars. The easiest of which is to go to the HOME PAGE and scroll down to the pillar you are interested in exploring. We will continue to populate these pages with more and more Prayer Pillars.



Only if you are interested:
We are looking for 100 people to commit to $25.00/month for our Kenya Ministry (See how far along we are).

This will allow us to make one of our part time teachers a full time employee and enable Mark to return to Kenya to continue rebuilding the foundation of prayer in that country.



Lots going on every day!

Please take the time to check it out, and, if you will, use it to pray for us. Thank you.



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Cancer Cannot . . .

Cancer Cannot . . .

This week I spoke and led prayer at the Dodge Baptist Association. We had wonderful seasons of prayer. And strewn throughout the hour and a half we also talked about ongoing prayer events, habits, etc. they could do, both corporately and individually back in their churches.

Dodge Baptist Association in Eastman GA Praying-2

The full list that we talked about is below, but I want to focus briefly on the Cancer Support Group.

Under the Pulpit Ministry
Sunday School Prayer Photos
Sons of Thunder (monthly or more)
Periodic Prayer Meetings (at church)
Make and Open a Prayer Room
40 Days of Prayer Leading up to Revivals
Annual Prayer Conference
National Day of Prayer
Accountability Prayer Partner
Leaders Praying for Your Charges
Prayer Adoptions
Ministries’ Prayer Coordinators

Operation Nativity Scene
Corporate 40 Hour Fast
Prayer Walk
-Church Parking lot
Cancer Support Group
Short Term Missions Prayer Captain
Conference Call Prayer
Deacon’s Prayer Retreat
Prayer Chain
Praying for Another for the Rest of Your Life

Of course the list is by no means complete, but it is a good start.

Various Prayers who traveled from FBA to pray at Connection Church - Most of these men are also in the Cancer Support Group

The Connection Church Feb 2017

Regarding the Cancer Support Group I always tell people to NOT start it if you are not willing to be up late at night talking to folks. But assuming you are willing to talk to folks as much as is needed, START IT! For it will be incredibly rewarding, not just to you, but also to those who participate.

My prayer partner was diagnosed with cancer, a good 9 years ago, and at that time the doctor said he had 1 year to live. My friend called me and I went to his home where we spent 5 hours together, on our knees and in the Word. When I left he said these words, “Bro. Mark, I want to finish spent.”

He has always been an encourager, but from that day on he has been discipling men and reaching out to them in wonderful ways, including now, helping me with about 30 Prayer Conference Calls per week. And, he has remained an incredible encourager!

My friend also has the distinction of being a founding member of a rather robust cancer support group at his church. And from this time he spends with them on Wednesdays has come something that he says, in prayer often, which I had never heard before. It is from poet, educator and Christian, Robert L Lynn.

And I think it bears repeating here:

What Cancer Cannot Do

Cancer is so limited…
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.

Author: Dr. Robert L. Lynn

When my prayer partner shares this poem he often say, “That’s why we focus on Christ, not cancer.”

Start a Cancer Support Group and be blessed, as well as being a blessing to others.

If you haven’t already done so, download the first three FREE short stories of our Itinerant Preacher Alexander Rich, written as memoirs by his wife for their 20th wedding anniversary (www.MarkMirza.com/Gretchen).

Yes, this is the same woman who in book 1 Alexander Rich is falling in love with, even though he doesn’t realize it yet. And, forgive me, but I do not know when he realizes it. Will it be the second or the third book?

I don’t know, so I just jumped ahead and started writing, I mean, and found her writings.


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Cancer Cannot . . .

What A Challenge

We know that He spoke the words and the worlds lept into existence, right?

And, Isaiah 66:1 tells us that He uses this earth as His footstool, while the next verse tells us that He is close to the lowly, making Him both infinite and intimate, right?

The understanding that we have of His incredible love for us is so clear that we have no doubt of it, right?

Of course!

And yet, so often the real reminder that we need when we’re praying is that His timing is trustworthy. Whew!

Now that’s tough, right?

Mark Mirza
Author and Speaker



He’s Back! I’ve Missed Y’all

He’s Back! I’ve Missed Y’all


He’s Back! I’ve Missed Y’all

Real quickly, I want you to be aware that the first 3 of Gretchen’s short stories are available, FOR FREE!

We want you to enjoy her memoirs of her husband’s prayer principles.

Do you remember Gretchen?

She’s the one who itinerant preacher, Alexander Rich is falling in love with (even though he doesn’t realize it yet).

The basis of her short stories is that she is writing his memoirs for their 20th wedding anniversary.

We think we’ve got a home run with these. We’d sure like your feedback.

Please do 2 things for us:
1) Download and enjoy her stories.
2) Forward the link below to a friend.


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