What are you asking the Lord for? Are you waiting on Him to answer your prayers? Do you realize that He acts on the behalf of every prayer you have every prayed? Not only that, but your prayers are pre-approved!

The story of Daniel, which is also shared in this sermon, shares a biblical explanation to this truth. In Daniel 9:2-3 he prayed, fasted, confessed, and pleaded for God to bring the return of his people, just as the Lord had promised. Daniel spent time observing what the scripture said, put His focus on the Lord, and expected to hear back from Him. Several verses later in Daniel 9:20-27 the angel Gabriel showed up to help him understand.

“As soon as you began to make your request, a reply was sent.” Daniel 9:23

God then sent a messenger in Daniel 10:12, which says, “He told me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. God has heard everything that you said ever since the first day you decided to humble yourself in front of your God so that you could learn to understand things. I have come in response to your prayer.” Daniel was told that from the first day he set his heart on the Lord, his words were heard. The minute he prayed the prayer, the command was given and the Lord showed up in response to his request.

Although the Lord answered immediately, Daniel didn’t receive His answer right away. I can relate to the delay Daniel faced between asking and receiving. His wait before receiving His answer was only 3 weeks, not 3 years like ours, but the delay was due to something we all face now; a battle going on in the spiritual realm. Daniel faced unseen obstacles just like you and I do every day. Satan will attempt to attack, distract, and intervene to prevent what the Lord wants to do which is why you have to be prepared to fight back. It’s up to you to stand firm on God’s truth and promises and believe that the Lord will bring the answer.

Does this story of Daniel speak to you? Does it make you realize that all your prayers are pre-approved? He answered everything the day He died on the cross for you and because of this the minute your request is sent, the Lord replies back. When you are a righteous person praying according to the word it doesn’t take long for God to answer your prayer. In fact, He does it right away!

Start thanking God for pre-approving your requests. Continue to pray for what you want, but praise Him at the same time. Rest in the finished work of the cross. Let His supernatural peace and joy overwhelm you while you wait for your answer to be granted. When you face delay and recognize that there is a spiritual battle that is all around you, continue to press into the Lord. Don’t stop praying just because you haven’t seen the manifestation of your prayers come through, but continue praying and praising until you see your breakthrough. Expect to receive your answer soon!

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  • Andrea Wiener
    Posted at 07:57h, 07 October Reply

    praising Him – and thanking Him in advance – for answered prayers! 😀

  • Finn
    Posted at 08:22h, 07 October Reply

    So good Caroline xx

  • Sabrina
    Posted at 08:42h, 07 October Reply

    Thanks again Caroline! Your posts always seem to meet me where I am. Praise the Lord.

  • Kristi
    Posted at 09:30h, 07 October Reply

    Absolutely love this! Time and time again I have noticed, God’s timing is not ours and although a prayer might be answered instantly it might take longer than we are comfortable with for it to appear answered in our lives. God is good and to trust he has already answered the prayer is so true. Jesus even called us to know if we have asked it in his name then it will be. It might not always come in the exact way we proposed, but as we align our will to his, we see the majesty of his answer!

    Thank you for this wonderful reminder!

  • Brianna George
    Posted at 09:41h, 07 October Reply

    Needed this reminder today. Thanks:)

  • Rebecca Jo Vincent
    Posted at 09:50h, 07 October Reply

    Yep… expect that answer… even if it may be no.
    I dont know how people get through life without praying.

  • Kelsey
    Posted at 09:59h, 07 October Reply

    Great post…I needed this reminder. I know God always hears me, but sometimes I think he isn’t answering my prayers. But God has a way of making it abundantly clear why things are the way they are and why things happened the way they did and in His perfect timing.

  • Fashionable Librarian
    Posted at 10:06h, 07 October Reply

    That is a great way to put it… for thought

  • robbie @ use resources wisely
    Posted at 10:15h, 07 October Reply

    I love this – mostly because we are in a period of waiting for employment for my husband. Trusting is a difficult thing! So thank you for this post.

  • Susannah
    Posted at 10:42h, 07 October Reply

    Amen! Even when God’s answer is “n” or “wait” it’s so good to know that he HAS answered! <3

  • Taylor @ Pink Heels Pink Truck
    Posted at 11:33h, 07 October Reply

    I needed to read this today! Thank you for sharing!

  • tiffanyatouchofgrace
    Posted at 12:47h, 07 October Reply

    I haven’t read Daniel’s story but I’m planning on changing up my readings so I’ll have to get to it soon.I love your last point. Don’t stop praying just because you haven’t had your prayers answered yet.

  • Anna - Southern Breeze Collections
    Posted at 13:20h, 07 October Reply

    This is such a great post. So true we are pre-approved in our prayers. He has already won the battles we are now facing. Praising him in advance to our unanswered prayers is so powerful. Thanks for sharing!

  • GlamKaren
    Posted at 13:45h, 07 October Reply

    Really great reminder…and I like how you shared it so clearly and with such poise. Its important to also remember to be grateful in the moment and understand why things are happening. We dont have all the answers, even if we think we do. Keep the faith!
    xx, Karen

  • Melissa D
    Posted at 14:31h, 07 October Reply

    I love this! Perfect encouragement for the day. Thanks, Caroline.

  • Michele @ the Even if
    Posted at 16:12h, 07 October Reply

    I was just talking about this passage last night! It’s so reassuring to know that God hears us when we call and He works on our behalf – even if the answer to the prayer isn’t what we want. He knows our hearts best and, really, all we need is Him. He’s sure provide whatever it takes to give us more of Himself. Thank you, Jesus!

  • Just Plain Marie (@JustPlainMarieB)
    Posted at 18:25h, 07 October Reply

    Interesting take on it. Certainly, I agree with you that God’s timing is not ours (my grandfather stopped drinking and became a Christian twenty-five years after my grandmother died!), but I’m not easy with the idea that God answers all prayers. Rebel me, I know. Garth Brooks has a song called Unanswered Prayers, and I have to say that I have *often* thanked Him for unanswered prayers. As the song said, some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. The older I get, the less I ask for what I want, though, and pray that I find and follow His will.

    • Caroline
      Posted at 14:19h, 09 October Reply

      Thanks for sharing! I was referring specifically to prayers that line up with His will and His word! I agree, He doesn’t answer just any prayer! Glad you stopped by!

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 19:08h, 07 October Reply

    i’m paraphrasing your words here, but ‘let His joy overwhelm you’ just makes my heart so happy <3

  • Carissa
    Posted at 20:14h, 07 October Reply

    Pre-approved… What a great way to look at it!

  • megdgonzalez
    Posted at 20:36h, 07 October Reply

    That’s a really cool way of looking at it. I’ve never thought about that before. Thanks for opening me up to a new way of thinking 🙂

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 21:50h, 07 October Reply

    This was like a soothing balm to me tonight! My husband, son, and I have JUST been talking about the situation with Daniel and how hard and long he prayed, and how it took 21 days for the Lord to get to him to answer his requests. The thing that amazes me is how the enemy hindered this from happening sooner. Last Saturday, I had a horrible burden overtake me, and I had to call for my husband and son to come and have an agreement in prayer with me…I could just feel and sense an enormous amount of activity in the spirit world, and I felt such a need of prayer and intercession before God. I heard a preacher once say that if we could peel back the curtain and peer into the spirit world and really see what is going on around us, we would be amazed. The best part is that God DID finally show up for Daniel, and he got his answer, and he told Daniel that he came to him because of his words. He will move the mountains in our lives because of our words, too, and we have to not become tired of interceding to Him. Your answer is coming, dear friend. I just know it. Too many prayers are being prayed for you not to get results! Love and appreciate you!! 🙂

  • homesteadwishing
    Posted at 23:05h, 07 October Reply

    I needed this today. Thank you for writing this!

  • Ashlee S. Barclay
    Posted at 23:46h, 07 October Reply

    Waiting and trusting Him go hand-in-hand, and because I trust Him, I will thank Him in advance for my pre-approval!

  • melanieblignaut
    Posted at 04:24h, 08 October Reply

    Thank you for sharing this. I needed to read it today. 🙂

  • elleseesyou
    Posted at 06:04h, 08 October Reply

    absolutely need to do this more!

  • threekidsandafish
    Posted at 09:40h, 08 October Reply

    I like that…prayers are pre-approved!! Great Great thoughts! 🙂

  • Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom
    Posted at 10:53h, 08 October Reply

    Oh this is awesome Caroline! Yes, our requests ARE preapproved and the scripture you shared here confirms it. I love when we can stand on these examples with confidence and faith.

    Thanks for sharing and linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  • Marissa
    Posted at 11:57h, 08 October Reply

    wonderful observations and applications for this well known story. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!


  • Adriana
    Posted at 15:24h, 08 October Reply

    Absolutely LOVE this verse! I definitely need to tell myself this lately. I love it, thank you for sharing and what a wonderful idea for a blog post! Definitely looking forward to reading more posts like this : ) so happy I found your blog!
    xo Adriana – Daily Dose of Design

  • Kelly
    Posted at 16:02h, 08 October Reply

    yes, very true! Often, I’ve been trying to thank in advance when asking in prayer. I love that verse.

  • Jojo
    Posted at 17:16h, 08 October Reply


  • Joy
    Posted at 20:29h, 08 October Reply

    This spoke to my heart. Praying and praising God in advance for all He’s preparing for me (and you as well). Thanks for sharing! ??

  • Jonathan Key
    Posted at 21:34h, 08 October Reply

    This is truly very encouraging. God has pre-approved us for sure! However, I’m not sure that God has pre-aproved all of our prayers. Sometimes we pray things that not in accordance to His will. For example sometimes people pray for God to make them rich, to heal a relative, or to give them a better job. Is God’s answer always yes? God answers yes, no, and wait. And sometimes the wait is very, very long. I do agree that if we ask anything according to His will, He certainly hears us. Take 1 John 5:14-15 for example.

    1 John 5:14-15 (ESV)
    14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

    • Caroline
      Posted at 14:20h, 09 October Reply

      Thanks for sharing! I was referring specifically to prayers that line up with His will and His word! I agree, He doesn’t answer just any prayer! Glad you stopped by!

  • Katie
    Posted at 15:36h, 09 October Reply

    I needed to read this. Great post!

  • Lisa B.
    Posted at 20:33h, 13 October Reply

    Thank you for posting this. It has actually come at a time in my life when I have felt the lowest. I have been praying asking for answers to a few issues that have been weighing heavy on my heart and haven’t felt like I am receiving the answers I need. This post gives me reason to believe that maybe the answers won’t come when I ask the questions but when He feels they should be answered. Thank you for sharing and linking up with us over at the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party.

  • dawnshivers
    Posted at 11:04h, 11 November Reply

    The phrase “qualified you” in this verse always sticks out to me and makes my heart smile:

    and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. Col 1:12

    Seemed along the lines with this post so thought I would share. Peace.


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