In addition to keeping your thoughts stayed on Me, or fixed on Me and My abilities, for you to have perfect peace in the midst of troubles it is beneficial to add praises and thanksgiving to your exercises of only thinking on the things that are good, pure and of a good report. The activities of praise and thanksgiving are particularly beneficial because of the added faith that will be restored by hearing yourself giving praises to Me for My wonderful works in your life.
Verbal praises and words of thanks also clear the atmosphere of negative spirits just like your mind has been cleared of negative thoughts by keeping your mind stayed on Me. Think of it this way, it is like flushing the toilet of the atmosphere, clearing it of destructive energy and replacing it with clear, clean waters from My kingdom.
When there is both mental and verbal unity with Me, there is peace and tranquility and the ability to hear My words which will free you from the bondage to unbelief and defeat.
Stay in unity with Me through the mere thoughts and acts of being grateful to me, and our unity will produce blessings and the answers to your prayers.
You are not trying to manipulate Me by praising Me. You are declaring your allegiance and notifying the heavens that I am your loving and powerful Father.
Hebrews 11:1-4; Romans 4:16-22;II Corinthians 6:4-8; Philippians 1:9-11; Hebrews 13:15; Matthew 4:1-11.