Daniel 6:10 Index
"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 aforetime."
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"...when Daniel knew that the writing was signed..."

  • Faith Builder #4: Power of a Faithful Witness. God does not ask us to handle the circumstances of our lives. He only asks that we commit our lives to Him and He will handle the circumstances. Faith means simply resting in God's care. Under the new regime, Daniel's lifestyle of praying three times a day did not change. Faith makes a person's witnessing consistent with his belief. Daniel was living proof that he trusted his God to take care of any circumstances, regardless of the outcome. (KC 70)
  • Daniel realized that a conspiracy was formed against him, but he took no means to thwart it. He simply committed himself to God, and left the issue to His providence. He did not leave the capital on pretended business, or perform his devotions with more than ordinary secrecy. When he knew the writing was signed, he knelt in his chamber three times a day, as was his usual custom, with his face turned toward his beloved Jerusalem, and offered his prayers and supplications to God. (US 99)
  • The heart of God was drawn toward Babylon. Heaven was bound very close to earth, notwithstanding the iniquity, for God's chosen people were there, and the time of their deliverance drew near. While the Medes and the Persians knew about God, they did not know Him. An actual experience was needed, and God would manifest His power through that same faithful servant who had witnessed for Him [for] sixty-eight years.... Daniel was true, noble, and generous. He was anxious to be at peace with all men, but would not permit any power to turn him aside from the path of duty. He was willing to obey those who had rule over him; but kings and decrees could not make him swerve from his allegiance to the King of kings. He realized that compliance with Bible requirements was a blessing to both soul and body. (SNH 94)
  • Daniel was aware of the purpose of his enemies to destroy his influence and his life; he knew of the decree, but it made no difference in his daily life. He did nothing unusual to provoke wrath, but in a straight-forward manner performed his accustomed duties, and three times a day, at his usual times for prayer, he went into his room, and with his windows open toward Jerusalem, earnestly pleaded with the God of heaven to give him strength to be faithful. (SNH 94-96)

"...he went into his house..."

  • Daniel's house probably had a flat roof, like the majority of both ancient and modern houses in Mesopotamia. (4BC 812)

"...his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem..."

  • Daniel's open windows faced in the direction of Jerusalem, the city he had left as a boy and probably never saw again. (4BC 812)

"...he kneeled upon his knees..."

  • The Bible notes various postures in prayer. We find servants of God praying while sitting, Like David (2 Samuel 7:18), bowing, like Eliezer (Genesis 24:26) and Elijah (1 Kings 18:42), and frequently standing, like Hannah (1 Samuel 1:26). The most common attitude in prayer seems to have been that of kneeling: Ezra (Ezra 9:5), Jesus (Luke 22:41), Stephen (Acts 7:60).

"...three times a day..."

  • In later tradition the offering of prayer three times a day took place at the third, sixth, and ninth hours of the day (the hours being counted from sunrise). The third and ninth hours corresponded to the time of the morning and the evening sacrifices. The psalmist followed the same practice (Psalms 55:17). Three daily prayers later became a fixed custom with every orthodox Jew living according to rabbinical regulations (Berakoth iv. 1). This custom of the three daily times of prayer seems also to have been adopted in the early Christian church (Didache 8). (4BC 812)

"...and prayed..."

  • Daniel had a special meeting-place, and an appointed hour when he met the Lord, and these appointments were kept. There is a beauty in the thought of the soul connection between Daniel and Heaven. His spiritual life was an actual thing, a life which he lived as real and true as the physical life. The only life which his enemies knew or could comprehend was the physical life. To sever the intercourse with God would be as painful to Daniel as to deprive him of natural life; and as Christ withdrew to the mountains after days of soul-harrowing labor in order to be refilled with that life which He constantly imparted to the hungering multitudes, so Daniel sought God in prayer. It was only by these frequent times of spirit filling, as it were, that he had strength to meet the nervous strain of his official duties. When the outward pressure was greatest, then he had the greatest need of being filled, that the equilibrium might be maintained. Fifteen pounds to every square inch of surface on the body is the pressure under which we live physically. Why does it not crush us? Because the pressure is equal on all sides, and thus we are unconscious of it. It is but a type of the spiritual life. He who balances the clouds will so balance outward pressure with inward power, if we but let Him, that we never need be disturbed. If trials are great, open the soul to Heaven, and equalize the pressure by being filled from above. (SNH 96)
  • Daniel did not and could not deny his Saviour by concealing himself in some corner of his room to pray. He knelt by the open window, toward Jerusalem. He did not pray in his heart, silently, he prayed aloud, as had been his custom before the decree was issued. Noble and true is the one who had God ruling in his heart. Underhanded and mean are the actions of those who yield to the influence of Satan. All that is noble in man is lost forever when such a leader is chosen. Satan was in the councils of those officials as they plotted against Daniel, and after the decree was signed, they set spies to catch him. They saw him kneel in his usual place of prayer; three times each day they heard his voice raised in earnest supplication. It was enough; the accusation was made against "that Daniel which is of the children of the captivity of Judah." (Daniel 6:13). (SNH 96-97)