I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in Him you have been enriched in every way (I Corinthians 1:4-5).
Thank Me frequently as you journey through today. This practice makes it possible to pray without ceasing, as the apostle Paul taught. If you are serious about learning to pray continually, the best approach is to thank Me in every situation. These thankful prayers provide a solid foundation on which you can build all other prayers. Moreover, a grateful attitude makes it easier for you to communicate with Me.
When your mind is occupied with thanking Me, you have no time for worrying or complaining. If you practice thankfulness consistently, negative thought patterns will gradually grow weaker and weaker. Draw near to Me, with a grateful heart, and My Presence will fill you with joy and peace.
Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity. That is why I have instructed you to give thanks for everything. There is an element of mystery in this transaction: You give Me thanks (regardless of your circumstances).
Thankfulness opens your heart to My Presence and your mind to My thoughts. You may still be in the same place, with the same set of circumstances, but it is as if a light has been switched on, enabling you to see from My perspective. It is this Light of My Presence that removes the sting of adversity.
As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, as we sit around our tables with our families and friends, let us be mindful to examine our many, many blessings that have been bestowed upon us. Our hearts should be filled with so much gratefulness and thankfulness.
Contact Min. Lois J. Brown-Grady at The Prayer Faith & Healing Ministry at or e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>.