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Daniel was one of three leaders directly under Cyrus, he outshined the other two because he had an excellent spirit and this was the beginning of his problem that led to his death sentence through the hungry lions.
It is also interesting that this event happened to be the door of their release from the Babylonian exile which lasted 70 years.
A close observation of the book of Daniel reveals a pattern whereby God's people stand firm in their belief in God and God protects and preserves them in return then the testimony causes the ungodly to testify of God's greatness and followed by a royal decree to honor the God of these men of faith For example, we have Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah who stood firm before the king and they were exalted Daniel 1:10-21.

In Daniel 2:46-47 we come across Daniel interpreting king Nebuchadnezzar's dream and God was glorified in the situation and Daniel and the magicians were saved and Daniel Got exalted and a decree was passed that the true God was the God of Daniel. In Daniel 4:34-37 we come across Daniel standing firm and telling the king nothing but the truth and this got him honored in return. Not forgetting the story of Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego who stood firm in their situation and the king Nebuchadnezzar gave glory to God. In this discussion it is of great importance to note that Daniels name means "God is my judge".

The simple message that I want to pass across is that when men stand blameless trusting in God with holy convictions, even if it costs them others will see testimony and this will bring them to the saving knowledge of our God. As we talk about the power of praying men we know that Daniel was just 15 years old when he and his friends were taken to Babylon and by the time he was thrown into the lions den he was a man in his 80's. he was 81 years old to be exact. In all these years he was blameless before God and before men.

As a man Daniel had a deliberate consistent prayer life and pattern. Daniel prayed in privacy with no intention to please anyone but to have daily communion with his God in his busy schedule. This challenges all of us who use the busy schedules that we have in excuse for a private time with the Lord. I bet Daniel was busier that many of us today yet at least three times he Sought the Lord. This is the power we need in men of this generation. Let all men say the prayer in Psalm 22:21-22

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