Today we will look at the 6th Chapter of Daniel. In this chapter there are several aspects of Daniel’s character that became apparent. For the sake of this study we will focus on two.
- He appeared faultless before men.
- His prayer life was regular and evident to the people around him.
Now let’s get into the text, but first, a little background.
Back in Chapter 5, the Medes and Persians took over the Kingdom of Babylon. Daniel had come to Babylon decades earlier as a captive. But because of the Holy Spirit within him, he grew to become one of the highest ranking officials in the old Babylonian regime. With the new ruler, King Darius now in charge, Daniel was starting from square one. However, Daniel quickly distinguished himself above the others in the kingdom and was placed in a position of great authority within the new king’s administration.
It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. 3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. 5 Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
He appeared faultless before men.
In this section, we find out that the administrators and satraps knew that the only way they could get Daniel in trouble was to find fault concerning his God. This speaks volumes about Daniel’s character. For most of us, myself included, our co-workers would not have to use faith to get us in trouble. I once heard a friend say that if a police officer were to follow anyone for 500 miles eventually they would find a reason to give them a ticket. This was not the case with Daniel. Daniel’s accusers could not find fault and we can be certain that they tried. I imagine that Daniel was closely watched for some time. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will continue to work in my life, so that I would be able to stand up to such scrutiny.
6 So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! 7 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. 8 Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” 9 So King Darius put the decree in writing.
Next we see that Daniel’s prayer life was regular and evident. The men accusing Daniel knew exactly when and where they could catch Daniel praying. They also knew that it would take less than a month to catch him in the act. In fact, verse 10 says they caught Daniel praying shortly after he heard of the decree. A Pew poll revealed that 55% of Americans claim to pray on a daily basis; that percentage is down 3% from the same poll taken in 2007. Sadly, for many of us someone would be hard pressed to catch us praying outside of a Sunday church service. My prayer is that I might be more like Daniel and have a prayer life that is evident to everyone around me. Later on we will look at the results of Daniel’s amazing prayer life.