Our study through Daniel now brings us to what has to be one of the most important chapters in all of the Bible as it relates to the subject of prayer.  Within this passage, you and I are privileged to eavesdrop on a man of God who is down on his knees.  And this is not just any man of God, but this is the prophet Daniel himself, one of the greatest men of God to have ever lived.  Most of the chapter is a prayer that Daniel prayed in his day.  By the time we get to this chapter, he is a man in his early 80s, having spent the vast majority of his life in Babylon as an exile.  As a young man, he had been determined to keep his mind and heart devoted to God even though he was faced with pressure to conform to a Babylonian lifestyle.  He didn’t buckle, but blossomed under it.  Daniel was a man of prayer, and so committed was he to prayer that he was willing to be cast into a den of lions rather than abandon his altar.