Let’s Rebuild the Foundations of Prayer!
From the Desk of Mark S Mirza
Written on February 12th, 2019
So if you were to ask me, “who is Mark Mirza?” this would be my answer:
Mark S. Mirza is someone with a passion for prayer.
And yet, I remember exactly where my wife and I were sitting in church back in 2004 when Dr. Charles Stanley, his pastor at the time, introduced a pastor on stage as “The New Prayer Pastor.”
Unfortunately, I also remember EXACTLY what I was thinking on that morning. I thought, “what a BORING job being a prayer pastor must be.”
But prayer has now become my passion and mentoring others to spend quality time with God is what I want to do for the rest of my life on this earth.
For many years I led the men’s prayer ministry for Dr. Charles Stanley at First Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA. That men’s group was known as the “Sons of Thunder.” I was in this role from March 2006 until November 2010 when Common Thread Ministries became a full-time ministry.
As part of the ministry, I coach and mentor men, women, churches, and organizations on how to start up and improve existing prayer groups – both in the United States and internationally. I also conduct Prayer conferences for church leaders, pastors, and lay leaders, as well as our popular “Prayer Boot Camps” that are based on the movie War Room.
People say that I have many Mark-isms or phrases that I use. One of my favorites is that “Prayer is more caught than taught,” meaning that if you want to learn to pray, get around people that pray. To that end, my prayer partner and I do about 30 Prayer Conference Calls every week in the USA.
For additional information on the ministry go to our Ministry SWAYS page.
I have found that I enjoy teaching prayer through my writing. But not just theologically based encouraging books and booklets, I also enjoy writing historical Christian fiction. The first two novels in The Pray-er Trilogy are complete. “The Pray-ers, Book 1 – Troubles” is currently available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats. “Book 2 – Spiritual Warfare” is available for presale, with a release date of April 2019. I also have a collection of children’s books, historical fiction and a number of accompanying short stories.
I love to read Christian novels. The only problem is when I get done, I want to point to something that I’ve learned. And that is my motivation for writing these novels. I want to get you involved in the lives of these pray-ers so that you can learn prayer simply by watching them.
I call it, “Teaching prayer through the fun of Christian fiction.” In my novels, the men and women model prayer for us. By experiencing their lives with them, you can see prayer modeled and you can learn by being around pray-ers.
I am quick to admit that prayer does not come easily. I have to work at it. I believe the Lord keeps me humble in this area which helps me in my speaking engagements. I have been told that I am a refreshing speaker with a bigger than life personality.
I spent many years in the corporate world and during the last few years, I asked the Lord for a release to allow me to get into full-time ministry. In July 2008, my employer sat me down to lay me off. I was so excited! I knew that the Lord had something up his sleeve. In September 2008 I began working on staff at First Baptist Atlanta, until November of 2010 when Common Thread Ministries went full time.
I am married and live with my wife Naida in downtown Atlanta where we attend The Midtown Bridge Church. I collect old Christian books (mainly on prayer, of course). My wife and I have a horse, Jumper Do Vouga, boarded in North GA where they spend much of our spare time. You will find pictures of me, my wife, Jumper, and our previous horses on a number of Facebook pages. I am also now on Twitter @CTMPrayer and @ThePray_ers.
In case you are wondering what it would take to bring me to your church or organization let me share it with you directly:
“My remuneration policy is really simple. In December 2010 the Lord and I had a very short conversation about money. He said, ‘Mark, you’re in the prayer business – if you can’t trust me, you can’t encourage others to trust me.’
So my remuneration policy is this: ‘Whatever your church or organization is comfortable with, I will be content with.” Money is never a reason for me to not be invited to speak. I even go a step further. I won’t even look at the check I receive until the next day, because I want to set up a barrier to making sure that money is never why I do what I do.
WHAT I DO
So, what is it that I do? Click here for a PDF that you can print onto an 8 1/2 x 14 (legal size) paper.
If there are any questions, please feel free to call on me at (404) 606-2322 or email me at Mark@CTMPrayer.org and please, if you are not getting them yet, please sign up here for our newsletter or e-letters as I like to call them. I send them out about every other week.
Thanks so much for visiting,
Mark S Mirza
Founder of Common Thread Ministries