Decatur Book Festival, 2016


The Decatur Book Festival is this weekend. Will you be one of the 85,000 attendees?

We will be selling a number of Christian books very inexpensively on our $5.00 table. We will also sell our novel, The Pray-ers, and give away one of three books, when you by, The Pray-ers.

One of the things I love the most about these book festivals are the opportunities that I have to pray with people, right there at my booth.

Come by ad visit us at Booth No. 703, Saturday from 9:00 to 6:00 pm and Sunday after church from Noon to 6:00 pm.

I look forward to seeing you and to pray with you.


Mark S Mirza
Common Thread Ministries

Plow One Row at a Time

Plow in South Georgia

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 he 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
Common Thread Ministries
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Earth’s Age Confirmed by Hael



While The Ark Encounter is being advertised on Times Square, our modern day prayer hero received a confirmation from Hael, his guardian angel. They are talking about the wonderful late teacher Dr. Walter Martin and how he never let dogma get in between his loving on people for the sake of the gospel, and then on page 126, this interchange occurs, with Hael speaking:

“And as for the age of the earth, you know that he believed in an old earth, right? Well, when he got to heaven, he learned that the earth is only six-thousand-ish years old.”

Dale smiled, “Yes, I knew he would. . . .”

If you haven’t picked up our book yet, you can do so by clicking here.

The reason for this short post is to share with how I have been praying for the upcoming Ark Encounter opening. In fact I just posted on it. You might find my post interesting. But frankly you may find it a bit odd. Let me know what you think:


Mark S Mirza

PS. The Ark Encounter is opening this week. To get tickets, click on the picture below:


Sunday, 5am Pray-ers



Two weeks ago at a Church called Borangi, near Kisii, Kenya I met a group of Pray-ers who begin each Sunday at 5am praying in their church. They do this every Sunday!

Are you thinking, “Whew, this is a big commitment?” I thought the same thing when I saw their church’s Sunday Schedule:

WP_20160515_10_26_26_Pro 1After sitting in the back room awaiting some of the others to arrive, I saw this schedule and was immediately amazed at the commitment these folks make for prayer.

Please note that they are beginning their Sunday at 5am and then going nearly all day.

Can we be honest? How many of us check the snooze button on our wake-up clock to “squeeze” as many minutes of sleep out of a Sunday as we can. And then we hop in our car so that we make it to the worship service on time, to say nothing of Sunday School, or, God forbid, an early morning prayer time.

I have a good friend who is a pastor here in greater Atlanta whose “early morning prayer time” (which begins at 9am) continues to dwindle in numbers, simply because, if you’ll pardon my directness, BECAUSE WE ARE TOO LAZY!

Friends, we have GOT TO learn the blessings that come with turning our ENTIRE life over to God, including our time of sleep. On Sunday mornings I pray for the places I have visited, and I pray Colossians 4:2-4 which ends up being, “Father, cause these men and women to be devoted to prayer, to be watchful (which means they will give up sleep to pray) and to be thankful, and periodically remember to pray for me…”

If you have read my book, The Pray-ers, you know that the itinerant preacher, Alexander Rich prays this for every church he visits also.

I have decided that the people above, from Kenya, will be mentioned in book 2, when a racist preacher that Bro. Rich squares off with in Book 1, has a real heart change, which is evident in book 2.

But, you’ll have to get the books to figure out what I’m talking about.

Blessings my friends, and give up some sleep to pray!



Mark S Mirza
Founder/Speaker: Common Thread Ministries
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FB: @ThePrayersNovel


Another Pray-er, David Franklin



My book, The Pray-ers is dedicated to fictional characters living out prayer, modeling prayer, if you will, in their lives. We learn prayer from them by watching the way they model it and then we incorporate prayer into our life by their example.

But these articles are dedicated to REAL-LIFE pray-ers.

Meet my friend David Franklin in this article I wrote for the Christian Index.

Committed to looking at how pray-ers pray

Below is a photo of the time we spent praying in the Commissioner’s office, which you’ll read about in the above article.



Blessings my friends.


Mark S Mirza
Author of The Pray-ers

F. Hammarsten, from 1911



I have been putting off this section of posts or just the right Pray-er to begin with. And I have found him. Actually, he has been in my bookshelf for quite awhile.

Fredrik Hammarsten wrote an insightful daily devotional in Swedish which was translated in 1911. While I don’t agree with all of his theology, his Daily Meditations are BRILLIANT!

So this first post into this section is how he  meditates on a scripture and it becomes a prayer. You can see his prayer in my post for the Common Thread Ministries website:

As you go through it, let it challenge your times of meditation on scripture. Let it encourage you to allow your meditations, turn into prayers.



Mark S Mirza
Author: The Pray-ers
Founder: Common Thread Ministries