How many times in your life have you said, “Amen”? What was the circumstance—perhaps at the end of a prayer prayed by you or someone else; perhaps during a sermon; perhaps when you agreed with someone wholeheartedly?
I have done the same and cannot guess how many times I’ve said it so far in my lifetime.
Jesus also ended the sample prayer, The Lord’s Prayer, with Amen when He taught the disciples to pray (Matthew 6:13).
Bible translators used amen as the translation word in over seventy verses, using it to confirm an oath, to agree to abide by the words of another, and to agree that something is true.
What drew my attention to amen was when I read Revelation 3:14, where Jesus identified Himself as the Amen: “‘And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, “These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God”’” (NKJV). This name, Amen, contains a richness of knowledge about the Lord Jesus:
- He is the truth.
- He always tells the truth.
- What He says will happen will always come true.
- He is the Word.
- He is faithful.
- He is most assuredly the Son of God.
- He entered the new covenant with us.
- He is the So Be It!
So, when we say “amen”at the end of a prayer, is it perhaps another way of saying “In Jesus’ name I pray?” Is it a statement that we truly trust the Amen to do what He said He would do? Is it a declaration of our entering into a covenant with the Lord to do our part—and only our part—to see the prayer come to fruition? Are we agreeing wholeheartedly with God’s perfect will? Are we surrendering our will to the Lord?
It is absolutely a statement of faith in the One who can and does.
So, when the Bible says, “For I will contend with him who contends with you, And I will save your children,” we say, “Amen” (Isaiah 49:25).
When it says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance,” we agree, “Truth” (2 Peter 3:9).
When we read in Psalm 107:14, “He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And broke their chains in pieces,” we say, “So be it.”
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
So be it!
PRAYER: Lord, I praise You as the Amen—the truth, the So Be It. I trust that every promise You’ve given me in Your Word and personally is true and will come to pass, because You are the So Be It. “Our Father, remind __________ that Your promises are Yes and Amen and that You are true to Your word and Your word is true. I pray this in Jesus’s name” (Winkelman, T., Fighting for Your Prodigal through Prayer, p. 101).