Unexpected Answers to Prayer

Posted on 04/15/2018 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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EVEN THE MOUNTAINS
by Benjamin R. Faust

We praise you Lord because you're worthy
You are Lord and King of the earth and sky
Let us lift you up and declare your glory
Let us lift our hands and our voices high

Even the mountains praise your name
the rocks and the stones cry Holy!
Whoever seeks for your face
will never be the same
Let your kingdom come
in Jesus' name

I'm an instrument, I am only a vessel
Help me open up to receive your love
Let us put to death thoughts of opposition
Let me step aside and point the world to above


LORD YOU'VE BEEN SO GOOD
by Benjamin R. Faust

VERSE ONE
Lord, You've been so good to me
You gave me sight when I was blind
You showed me light I could not see
You brought me truth I could not find

Lord, You've been so good to me
You paid a debt I could not pay
You turned my darkest night to day
Lord You've been so good to me!

CHORUS
And so I praise You in the morning
and I praise You in the night
For You are my Salvation
You are my Guiding Light
So I give You my everything
I just can't give You less
When You sent Your Son to love me
You gave me Your best!

VERSE TWO
Lord, You've been so good to me
You set my feet on solid ground
You rescued my life from the grave
when no other help could be found
Lord, You've been so good to me
and I could never repay
All the love You gave so freely
Lord, You've been so good to me!

(CHORUS)

BRIDGE
Lord You've been so good to me
Lord You've been so good to me (better than I deserve)
Lord You've been so good to me
You paid a debt I could not pay
You turned my darkest night to day
Lord You've been so good to me

Lord You've been so good to me
Lord You've been so good to me (you're good all the time)
Lord You've been so good to me
and I could never repay
All the love You gave so freely
Lord You've been so good to me

(CHORUS)

You gave me Your best!
You gave me Your best!

Lord, You've been so good to me.


ALL OF ME
by Benjamin R. Faust

I give you all of me
I give you all of me O Lord
I give you all of me
Come fill this place
(x2)

Fill me with your Spirit Lord
So I may do your will and walk in your way
Keep me in your presence
Every moment, I pray
So I will always love you
So I will always love you


YOU ARE MY ALL
by Benjamin R. Faust

You are my life
You are my strength
You are my song, Jesus

You are my heart
You are my soul
I want the whole world to know

That you are everything to me
And for all eternity
I will sing your praises

I give you my life
I give you my strength
I give you my song, Jesus

I give you my heart
I give you my soul
For you have made me whole!


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We've all prayed for something. Whether that something was our health, our finances, our relationships, our character, or on behalf of someone else.

And we would be hard pressed to find someone who believes in prayer and has never seen God answer it.

And for anyone who says God has never answered any of their prayers, today's discussion just might help to open your eyes.


Have you ever prayed to be more like Jesus? "God, please make me more like Jesus...."

"....just without Judas, or the Pharisees, or homelessness, or ridiculously long walks, or an unjust guilty verdict against me, or a brutal and drawn out public execution...."

"....or, for that matter, any real problems or sacrifices or hardships at all."

"Amen."

And then we are tested and tried. It's a cold rainy night, and suddenly we have a flat tire.... ....FOUR flat tires. And we feel as though, just maybe, at that moment, God doesn't love us all that much.

Maybe He's just helping us become more like Jesus. Or He is preparing us for something. Or He is protecting us from something.


"Lord, please help my finances." And then we lose our job or other source of income. Was God not listening? Or just not answering? Or is there a bigger picture we just might not see?


"Dear God, please heal me from Type 2
Diabetes and my circulatory problems."

"Just don't tell me through that person on YouTube or Facebook who keeps posting annoying stuff about how cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes are almost always reversed by changing to a whole-foods plant-based eating lifestyle."


The answers you need are all around you. Answers to prayer are staring you in the face when you are awake and when you are asleep.

They hover above you, and cover the path beneath your feet.

They are to your left, your right, before you and behind you.

Every breath you take is full of answered prayer, just as every breath you exhale is another unconscious prayer of unspoken gratitude.

You see, we tend to view life like a list of things. We categorize. We label. We differentiate and divide.

This is mine, that is yours.

This is church stuff, that is personal stuff.

This is a prayer, that is the answer
to prayer.

And until I see that answer to prayer in the way that I was expecting it, then no answer has come, and I must wait and long for it.



Right this moment, everything you truly need to live and thrive and be absolutely filled with unshakable peace and joy and complete contentment, you have...

...as a constant answer to every single prayer.

You have guidance and direction.

You have provision and abundance.

You have the answer to health, relationships, occupation, and your callings, as they are in this moment, right here, right now.


We want God to answer our bucket list in the same way we deliver it.

Cause: Prayer.

Effect: Answer to Prayer.

The Settings:
Our mind,
our mental stories,
our earthly desires,
our worldly attachments.

"Make ME more like Jesus."

instead of

"Let us embrace and be present together, here in this earthly vessel."

Of course there is nothing wrong with yearning to see His nature replace our carnal lusts. But the answer to that prayer is right here.

And I don't mean right here in this virtual church, or right here on this YouTube channel. I mean it is right there with you, in you, around you.

Where is the Kingdom of Heaven? Jesus said it is inside of you.

But we go looking for it. Maybe we will find it at this tent revival. Or on that mission field. Or at next month's fasting retreat.

But until we embrace it right here and right now, it will always be in some other time and some other place.


We talk and sing about the power that is in the presence of God. We long for it. We pray for it. We work for it. We strive for it. We're waiting for it to come, or trying to make it happen again like it did yesterday.

But we forget that God is not a wonderful experience or a sudden outburst of fluently-uttered spiritual tongues. Because, just as He is present in the midst of those wonderful experiences, He is equally as present when our bodies are tired, when our minds are lost in temporary stories, when we are cleaning toilets at work, when our stomachs are empty and our feet are sore.

He engulfs us on the mountain, and embraces us in the depths of the sea. There is nowhere He is not, and He is always right there with you Now.


Yes, He might give you supernatural healing, or He might tell you to stop making yourself sick with what you eat.

He might let you win the ten million dollar sweepstakes, or He might teach you to find TRUE wealth and abundance regardless of the outer appearance or the mental ideas.

He might make your relationship the perfect image of bliss, or He might let it end so you can learn to be His perfect companion, and thus a true blessing to someone else.


So today, right now, is the day and the time and the place to rejoice! To celebrate the perfect answer to every single prayer. Not to a list of requests, but to the perfect and abundant meeting of your every single need.

And if the mind generates feelings of disappointment, well that is part of the answer too. He might be saying,

"Wake up! Rise and shine! Walk with Me! Be with Me! Dance with Me! Rest with Me!

"I Am the Life that is filling you right now! I Am the Breath that fills your lungs and then returns to embrace everything around you!

"I Am the Peace that comforts underneath the mental noise. I Am the Joy that springs forth from that Peace and brings to Life your every movement and your every moment of still.

"I Am in the sunrise. I Am in the dark of night. I Am in the sunshine. I Am in the driving rain. I Am in the blue skies. I Am in the cloudy gray.

"I Am in the 'this and that' you label as a blessing, as well as what you label a curse. And if you let go of the forms, you just might see Me underneath.

"And My answers to prayer? They Are Me."