Dan 9:13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
Pastor W. L. Wade of the Lighthouse Bible Church of Danville, Virginia, spoke on this verse, Daniel 9:13, paired with another verse, Psalm 44:17, in his radio program on Friday, August 18, 2018. Pastor Wade is a gifted Bible teacher and preacher of God’s Word. I wish I could capture the essence of his message here in writing, but I am not that talented. Nevertheless, I would like to point out just a few things about Daniel 9:13.
Daniel is making a great prayer to God on behalf of his nation and himself in chapter nine of the book of Daniel. The whole prayer is most instructive.
Daniel understands that the great troubles that have befallen his nation are a fulfillment of the promises (blessings) and curses given in the law of Moses (see Deuteronomy 28:15). Notice that Daniel expresses no doubt concerning the fact that Moses wrote the laws of God as found in our Bible. Daniel accepts the Bible account as true, and so should we.
In his prayer, Daniel confesses that a proper response to all the evil that has come upon his nation has not been made. The right response would be to come to God in earnest prayer.
Daniel understood that proper prayer would lead to a change of heart and a turning to God. This would result in the ability on their part to understand God’s truth as it is recorded in God’s Word, the Bible. Notice that Daniel expresses this truth as a cause/effect relationship, something to take careful note of.
What Daniel prayed, and what Daniel revealed about his own understanding of God’s Word, is applicable to us today, both as individuals, and as a nation.
Much more can be studied regarding what Daniel 9:13 actually teaches, and the bearing of the rest of Scripture on the themes reflected in this verse, by studying carefully the cross references given for this verse:
As it is written. Note: Thus every succeeding part of the Sacred Writings attests and proves the Divine authority of the preceding. The history relates the fulfillment of former predictions; and then new prophecies are added, which future events accomplish, and thus demonstrate their inspiration to the latest ages. See on Dan 9:11, +*Lev 26:14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 <rp. *Deut 28:15 <rp, etc. Deut 31:9, +*Isa 42:9, Lam 2:15, 16, 17, +*Joh 10:35; *Joh 13:19; +*Joh 14:29; *Joh 16:4.
law of Moses. +*Exo 24:4, Neh 1:7.
is come upon us. Psa 44:17.
yet. **Jer 36:24.
made we not our prayer before. Heb. intreated we not the face of, etc. +Exo 32:11, Job 11:19; Job 36:13, Isa 9:13; Isa 31:1; Isa 43:22, *Jer 2:30; *Jer 5:3; +**Jer 10:25; +Jer 26:19 mg. Jer 36:7, Hos 7:7; Hos 7:10; Hos 7:14.
that. +**Psa 9:10.
we might turn. Deut 29:4, 1Ki 8:48, Job 33:23, Psa 85:4; +*Psa 119:18; +*Psa 119:27; +*Psa 119:73, Isa 59:20; Isa 64:7, Jer 31:18; Jer 44:27, Lam 5:21, Eze 18:30; Eze 24:12; *Eze 33:11, Luk 24:45, Joh 6:45; *Joh 8:32, +Act 3:19, Eph 4:21.
and understand. T1733, +Psa 119:27 (T1737). +*Pro 28:5, Eph 1:17, 18, +*Jas 1:5.