In the Old Testament, we find the account of Daniel, a servant of God, and a plot of evil against him from jealous men.
Since Daniel was a person of such integrity, the men realized they would never be able to accuse him of wrongdoing unless it had something to do with his devotion to God.
They devised a sinister plan:
So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” So King Darius put the decree in writing.
Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”
The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” —Daniel 6:6-12
The king was then told that Daniel was still praying to his God.
Although Darius did not want to, he was forced to give the order to have Daniel placed in the lions’ den.
King Darius was troubled all night.
The next morning, he went to the lions’s den and found that Daniel was alive!
Daniel testified that it was God who had kept him safe.
The king had the evil men, their wives and their children thrown into the den where the lions killed them.
Then, he issued a decree stating that everyone should fear and have reverence for the God of Daniel.