The Lions’ Den, Part VII

And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.  Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before his: and his sleep went from him.  Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.

Daniel 6:17-19

In these verses, the pagan king Darius gives us the proper attitude to have when we are facing troubles in our lives.  He had been tricked into signing a decree that would eventually cause Daniel to be thrown into the den of lions.  He liked Daniel and had no desire to see this happen to him, and was “sore displeased” at the fact that he had no choice but to go through with it.  He then displayed an unusual amount of faith when he matter-of-factly told Daniel that “Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.” 

He showed faith and, as we see in these verses, he showed an attitude of humility and prayer while waiting for the answer to his (and Daniel’s) faith.  The Bible tells us that he “passed the night fasting.”  He didn’t eat.  There was something more important than eating, and that was Daniel’s wellbeing.  Not being a “Christian” king, I don’t know if he actually prayed during that night or not,  but in the New Testament, fasting is connected with prayer.  The idea being that there is something so urgent that getting ahold of God is more important than even our food.  That is a good way to face trouble in our lives: prayer and fasting. 

Also, he refused “the instruments of musick.”  He understood that he should not be relaxing and being entertained while Daniel was in the lions’ den and the only thing between Daniel and the lions was God Himself.  Again, that should be our attitude during these situations.  How often have we tried to entertain away our problems and troubles? 

I find it interesting that a Persian king would be able to give us a lesson on faith and humility, but Darius does both.  If Darius can do right, we can too.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, this is right down my alley. 🙂 And it’s the second blog I’ve read this morning about prayer. He has asked me to fast and pray, and I’ve struggled with it. Thank you for highlighting His reasons why I need to again today! God bless you!


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