Chanan

In the book of Daniel, there are two words used for prayer that are not recorded anywhere else in the original Hebrew.  Those words are beh-aw’  (beh·ä’) for prayer and chanan (khan·an’ ) for supplication.  Beh-aw means to ask, seek, request, desire, pray, and to make petition.  Chanan means to show or implore favor.  But what is it about Daniels prayer that separated his prayers from the other prayers in the Bible?  If you recall the testimony of Daniel he was a captive to foreign kings, and often in a hostile political environment where his life was at stake.  That word beh-aw was not only used when Daniel prayed but also when he petitioned the foreign kings for whom he worked.  Often he petitioned for his life and the life of his friends.  When Daniel “chananed” or asked the favor of the Lord it was the same word used in Daniel chapter four when he asked Neduchanezzar to show mercy to the poor.
When Daniel prayed, he understood that his words were heard directly by the king and those words had the power to forever change his life and the life of those around him.

PRAY:
Father today I have to go into a rough environment at work.  I am not going there to bless them; I am going to bless you through them.  My sacrifice is unto you, and I believe you will get all of the glory from it.   I excitedly look for your hand in my life today.

In Jesus name, Amen.

PRACTICE:
Right now, in the midst of a hostile environment, pray like Daniel prayed.  Petition a king who hears, and request the favor of a king who shows mercy.  Pray and know with your whole heart that your life is changed and the lives of those around you are changed by the words you speak.

 

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