“…I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem”
What was it that caused Daniel to set his face to seek the Lord? It was reading the Old Testament prophets. As Daniel studied Jeremiah, God showed Daniel that He had prophesied a seventy-year time of captivity for His people the Jews in Babylon (Jeremiah 25:11-12), and the seventy years were almost up. Through Jeremiah, God said to Daniel, “I’m going to judge Babylon.”
Reading the Word, Daniel saw God’s blueprint and knew he was living at the end of an age. He sought God for wisdom. What do we learn from this? We learn that Bible study and prayer rise and fall together. Your study life will not be greater than your prayer life and vice versa. There is no way you can separate Bible study from prayer.
When you read the Bible, the Bible impels you to pray. And when you pray, your prayer life will urge you to read the Bible. Prayer and Bible reading go hand in hand. When you read the Word of God, God is speaking to you. Prayer is you, talking back to God. And it ought not to be a one-sided conversation from either side.