Prayer's Necessary Element

Sandwiched between his visions in chapters 7-12, Daniel records his prayer of confession for Israel and petition for God to restore Israel to their land. Chapter 9 takes place around 539 BC during the reign of Darius the Mede, following the defeat of the Babylonians. Jeremiah predicted in 605 BC that Judah would go into captivity to Babylon and that 70 years later the nation of Israel would return to Canaan when they had repented for their sin (Jeremiah 25:11-12; 29:10). As Daniel reads the words of Jeremiah he turns to prayer knowing that the time for Israel’s repentance and return to the land is soon. The fervency, intensity, and focus of Daniel’s prayer serves as a model prayer for believers today.