In Daniel 6:16 the same king who signed the law that resulted in Daniel being cast into a den of lions declared that Daniel’s God would deliver him. After God did deliver Daniel, the King declared that the God of Daniel “is the living God.”
How did this King come to recognize the living God?
To answer that question we look at the life of Daniel.
Daniel 6:10 “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did formerly.”
- Dedication Daniel was living in a culture that was foreign to him but he was dedicated to God. Daniel was faithful to God throughout his life. He was taken from his home and forced into a pagan culture as a young man. He was likely over 80 years old when he was cast into the Lion’s den. Daniel lived a life of faithfulness.
- Perseverance Daniel’s life was one of perseverance. Perseverance is defined in Merriam-Websters as “undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement.” The idea of perseverance goes farther than dedication. Daniel’s opposition was the lions den. He did not search for a way around the opposition. He did not modify his habit by closing the windows to hide his faith in God. He deomonstrated perseverance as he chose to continue to serve God.
- Prayer Daniel prayed regularly, his enemies knew this. When trouble came he didn’t change his prayer time or hide himself to pray. The phrase “as he did formerly” in verse 10 makes it clear that Daniel had a consistent prayer life.
The result of Daniel’s dedication, perseverance, and prayer was the effect it had on those around him. The pagan king is an example of the impact of Daniel’s life. It does not matter what mission field God has placed you in. Christ has given believers the task of making disciples. If you are going to be obedient to Christ’s command it will require dedication, perseverance and prayer.