Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart (NIV).
In this prophecy of Jeremiah, there is a clear indication that after seventy years, God would begin to restore the Jewish people to Jerusalem and to restore the city itself. Through Jeremiah, God was saying, “I’m ready to do it at the end of seventy years. But you, My people, are going to have to meet My conditions. You’re going to have to call upon Me and pray. When you do pray, I’ll listen to you.”
Daniel knew that his task was not merely to have an interesting revelation—that the time had come to restore Jerusalem. He realized that his responsibility was to fulfill the part of God’s people to pray. In effect, the Lord was saying, “You’re going to have to pray in a special way. You’re really going to have to pray.”
As God says in the above verse, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.” In other words, “When you give yourself unreservedly to seeking Me and to prayer, then I will respond and do what I’ve committed Myself to do.”