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Praise Changes Things


Written by Henry W. Frost (1858-1945), missions leader and mobilizer, Bible teacher, conference speaker, evangelist, counselor, and author.

Nothing so pleases God in connection with our prayer as our praise, and nothing so blesses the man who prays as the praise which he offers. I got a great blessing once in China in this connection. I had received bad and sad news from home, and deep shadows had covered my soul. I prayed, but the darkness did not vanish. I summoned myself to endure, but the darkness only deepened. Just then I went to an inland station and saw on the wall of the mission home these words: “Try Thanksgiving.” I did, and in a moment every shadow was gone, not to return. Yes, the Psalmist was right, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.”


Written by Aaron Brown is a contemporary writer, teacher, and visual artist.

My Father, I want to thank you. I want to thank you well in advance of the blessing that is to come. Though today feels marred with anxieties and trouble, I want to give you thanks knowing that this difficult season won’t last always. While I suffer, and in the glorious season to come, God, you remain the same. Scripture reminds me that your love endures forever. You do not love me based on the circumstances I face. Your love is truly unconditional. I thank you for that truth. I am grateful that you see me fit to be loved. May my words praise your name forever, just as your love endures. Amen.

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