12th July 2018

Why Pray Amen?

“For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes (answer) in Him (Christ). For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His person and by His agency] to the glory of God.”
2 Corinthians 1:20 (AMPC)

The word ‘Amen’ is used frequently, with one of the most common uses being at the end of a prayer. Yet it has several uses besides this:

Amen can express strong approval, agreement or support, as at the end of a prayer. Some Bible translations say ‘so be it,’ as in the header scripture above. When we say ‘amen’ at the end of a prayer, this prayer becomes ours, we put our approval upon it, saying we have understood and agree with what was said. Thus we should not use this word lightly or rotely.

Amen can mean certainly. The Hebrew word means ‘surely, indeed, truly,’ deriving from a root form, ‘aman’, which means to be firm, steady, trustworthy, faithful. It confirms the integrity of the words and affirms them to be truthful. The header scripture speaks the AMEN of God’s promises, which are true and sure.

Amen can also be a noun. The word Amen is a divine title formerly assigned to God to describe his trustworthiness and faithfulness, as we find in Isaiah 65:16, “May the God of truth and fidelity (the Amen) bless me…the God of truth and faithfulness to His promises (the Amen)…” Throughout Scripture we read of the promises of God, and all of God’s promises belong to us in Christ who is the Amen. Revelation 3:14 says, “These are the words of the Amen, the trusty and faithful and true Witness, the Origin and Beginning and Author of God’s creation.”

The last ‘Amen’ is in Revelation 22: 20-21 (NIV), “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”

Prayer
Almighty God, thank you for all your great and precious promises which believers have in your Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Amen and
Amen
 

Study by Dennis Payne

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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church