Re:Verse passage – Daniel 6:1-28 (day three)
“Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night fasting”
Was Darius’s way of passing the night a type of prayer that God actually heard? One could claim that Darius simply engaged in an attempt to manipulate a deity: If I do A, God will be bound to do B. But the sense of the passage does not seem to indicate a cynical attitude on the part of the king. Instead, we see in Darius a genuine concern for Daniel, a high regard of God’s character, and a recognition of God’s power. Taken together with his self-denial through the night – no food, no music – Darius seems to have placed himself in an humble posture of prayer. If this was the case, God inclined himself favorably towards Darius’s righteous behavior. When anyone seeks God earnestly, God will be found.