administrators and satraps went as a group to
the king and said: "O King Darius, live forever!
The royal administrators, prefects, satraps,
advisers and govenors have all agreed that the
king should issue an edict and enforce the
decree that anyone who prays to any god or man
during the next thirty days, except to you, O
king, shall be thrown into the lion's den.""
1. Stop praying
2. Pray in a hidden location
3. Continue praying as usual.
Why did he choose option 3? It could be that even though God sees what is done in secret it doesn't mean that our faith should be kept a secret. It was no secret to Daniel's enemies that he prayed 3 times a day. Praying was not the issue. The real issue was Daniel's faith, and his willingness to practice his faith in the face of fearful consequences. By "standing up" for his faith Daniel was also "standing out", not for his glory but for the glory of God.