"Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep. At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions' den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, 'Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?'" NIV translation
The king truly cared about Daniel as we see that he did not eat or even sleep through the night. At first light, he rushed to see what had become of his friend. It is interesting to see how the king knows that it is only God that could save Daniel. We often wonder (even as Christians) why we go through many of the struggles that we face and I am sure Daniel wondered why God had him in this den. In this passage, we see the answer to the old question: "Why do bad things happen to good people?" This is an opportunity for the king to witness the power of the King of Kings. This is true for our struggles as well. If we are in the "lions' den, we can thank God that someone who does not know Him has the chance to see His power on display as He takes care of His own.
"Daniel answered, 'O 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, O king.' The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God." NIV translation
What a witness this was to the king as he could see the power of God's love demonstrated in the safety of Daniel.
This is also a powerful witness and reminder to us as well. Daniel was one of God's people and God took care of him so we can trust that He will do the same for us.
"At the king's command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions' den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones." NIV translation
The men who had accused Daniel received what they had wished upon him and their families did as well. In this we see the result of pride on the part of the rulers.
"Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language throughout the land: 'May you prosper greatly! I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.' So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian." NIV translation
Now, we see that God used Daniel's trial as a testimony of His power and presence. King Darius came to believe in the one true God because of the evidence that he saw in the life of Daniel. In this, we see the result of a life of prayer.