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May 20


“And found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.” —Daniel 6:11

Read Daniel 6:1-16

Envy often arises among the most important people of a land. This was also true in Daniel’s day; the rulers of Babylon could not bear that Daniel had been placed in a more important position than them. They looked for ways to make God’s servant stumble and fall, but Daniel remained faithful and diligent in his service to the king.

The jealousy and envy of the rulers subservient to Daniel became so great that they sought to trap him and make him fall. They encouraged the king to make a decree saying that every subject of the kingdom must worship only the king for thirty days. However, Daniel remained faithful to God, praying three times a day in the direction of Jerusalem. He was not ashamed or afraid to pray, continuing as he had always done. While this meant that anyone would be able to observe and accuse him, he did not seek man’s disfavour deliberately.

The name Daniel means “God is my judge.” Daniel was convinced that man is accountable to God for all that he does. Although the whole world may have been against him, Daniel sought to keep God’s commandments. He knew that God’s opinion of his life was important, which is obvious in his walk.

Would you like to follow Daniel’s example?

This devotional was taken from “The Time of Your Life” a daily devotional published by the Youth & Education Committee of the FRC. To order a printed copy of this book, contact:


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