There is a lot that can be learned about how to handle spiritual resistance and difficulty from Daniel and the lion’s den.
How to Face Spiritual Resistance Like Daniel
First, when a law was passed that was obviously going to bring Daniel spiritual resistance and persecution, he didn’t freak out. He just went about his normal business. Daniel continued being faithful in his relationship with God.
But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. Daniel 6:10 NLT
Daniel didn’t let external circumstances dictate his behavior. Instead, he remained obedient to God’s guidance even when a storm was brewing for him.
Second, Daniel didn’t flee the situation or fight against it. When difficulties arise for me, I often want to run away or attack. Neither of which usually do any good. Daniel seemed to know this. He courageously faced the situation and trusted God to take care of him.
So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” Daniel 6:16 NIV
Third, Daniel not only maintained his innocence before God, but he also never disrespected the king’s authority.
Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” Daniel 6:21-22 NIV
I would have felt the law against praying was wrong and used that as an excuse to retaliate against the king. But not Daniel. He stayed true to both God and the king. He never let his oppressors get the better of him. He always took the high road even when confronted with immense spiritual resistance.