Some 20 years passed between chapters 4 and 5, and King Nebuchadnezzar moved off the scene. He was succeeded by a son who reigned just a few years and was then assassinated by his own brother-in-law. The brother-in- law, in turn, ruled four years and was killed in battle. The next two rulers occupied a throne a very brief time. The second of these was Nabonidus. He was king of the Babylonian Empire, and his son, Belshazzar, was king of the city of Babylon. This explains why Daniel was named third ruler (chapter 5:7,29).

In chapter 6 Daniel is a man in his eighties. This proves that age is no barrier to serving Christ, nor is it any protection against temptations and testings. Because Daniel started young as a man of faith and prayer, he was faithful to the Lord even in his old age.

In verse 10 we are told that Daniel prayed in a special chamber atop his house, three times a day. "Evening, and morning, and at noon will I pray and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice" (Psalm 55:17). So Daniel began his day with the Lord; mid-way through the day he talked with the Lord again; and then he ended his day with the Lord. Daniel had a special place for prayer; a special time for prayer; and you can be sure that he talked with the Lord, in his own way, all through the day!

The account of Daniel in the lion's den is probably familiar to all our readers. Therefore, we will only mention here that God is faithful to care for His own in time of trouble. Daniel had been a faithful follower of the Lord throughout his life and now we see God rewarding him for that faithfulness. In the time of trial and adversity, God delivers Daniel--even from a den of lions.

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