“Daniel’s prayer shows the vital link between God’s Word and prayer, both of which are a means of grace; it teaches how to use God’s Word as the basis for prayer. … Knowing God’s will gave him confidence and expectation in his prayer. … Praying for God’s will to be done guarantees the answer to prayer and expresses the necessary dependence on the Lord. … If we learn to pray according to this pattern, we will soon learn that God never says ‘No’ to His will. … The more we know His word, the more we can effectively pray.”
Michael P. V. Barrett, God’s Unfailing Purpose: The Message of Daniel, (Greenville: Ambassador Emerald International, 2003), 119.