Another curious thing with Daniel’s prayer is that he may not have even needed to make it!
After all, God, through Jeremiah, foretold that the nation would be in captivity for 70 years and then return. The seventy years are about up; it is time to go home.
God decreed it, so there’s no need to pray. Yet Daniel prays anyway, asking God to do what he already said he would do.
Could there be causality?
Is Daniel’s prayer needed for God’s intention to come to fruition?
Or perhaps God’s decree is given with the foreknowledge that in 70 years Daniel will pray for deliverance.
Was it predestined that the people would be repatriated after 70 years or was it predestined that Daniel would pray, resulting in their return?
In another wonderful God paradox, the answer is yes!
(See Daniel 9:1-3.)