The Power in Praise
Jim’s father had been an alcoholic for thirty years. All those years Jim’s mother, and later Jim and his young wife, had prayed that God would heal him, but with no apparent result. Jim’s father refused to admit that he had a problem with alcohol, and stalked out in anger if anyone ever mentioned religion to him.
One day Jim heard me speak about the power that is released when we begin to praise God for everything in our lives instead of only pleading with Him to change the circumstances that hurt us. It struck him that he had never tried praising God for his father’s condition. Excitedly he shared the thought with his wife.
“Honey, let’s thank God that Dad’s alcoholism is part of His wonderful plan for Dad’s life!”
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