posted Nov 29, 2014, 1:20 PM by Dale Barnes

Many years ago a missionary in China was living a discouraged life. Everything about him seemed to be touched with sadness. Although he prayed many months for victory over depression and discouragement no answer came. His life remained quite the same. He determined to leave his post and go to an interior station where he could be quiet and spend long hours in prayer till victory was assured.  Upon reaching the destination, he was entertained in the home of a fellow-missionary. When he retired to his bedroom, there was a plague on the  wall with this motto:                                         

                                          TRY THANKSGIVING!

The two words gripped his heart, and he thought within himself, “Have I been praying all these months, and not been praising?”  He stopped and began to praise God and was greatly unlifted. Instead of hiding away to agonize in prayer, he returned immediately to his waiting, native converts to tell them that “praise changes things.”  Wonderful blessing attended his simple testimony, and the bands that had bounds others were loosed through praise.

“Let all the people praise you, O God; let all the people praise you.  Then shall the earth yield her increase and God, even our own God shall bless us.” (Ps.67:5,6)

Is your “praise note” missing from the heavenly choir? Are you waiting, waiting, yearning for God to answer your prayer. He is waiting to answer. Try thanksgiving!


Testimony taken from the booklet “Praise Changes Things” by Mrs. Charles Cowman

“He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” (Ps.50:23 NIV)