Scripture background: Daniel 6
Key Verse: Then they said to the king, "Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day." (Daniel 6:13)
1. What qualities made Daniel different from the other government administrators (verse 3-4)?
2. What was the response of Daniel's co-workers in verse 5? What do their comments tell us about who Daniel really was?
3. What dilemma did Daniel face (verse 6-9)? How did he respond to the challenge (verse 10)?
4. Why did Daniel seemingly have such an easy time deciding what to do in response to the king's decree? What does that tell us about his relationship with God?
5. According to verses 10 and 11, what was the substance of Daniel's prayers?
6. In a such a perilous situation, did thanking God make sense? Explain. (Suggestion: Recall a situation in your life when thanking God was the best response.)
7. What evidence did Daniel's adversaries use to indict him (verse 13)?
8. What price was Daniel willing to pay for his faithfulness to God?
9. How does the situation look to you in verse 17? What saved Daniel in the end (verse 22-23)?
10. What was the end result of Daniel's decision to fear God more than he feared men (verse 26, 28)? What personal application comes to mind?
Study guide used: "Being God's Man...by standing firm under pressure" by Stephen Arterburn, Kenny Luck & Todd Wendorff