A Minute with the Deacon 06/28/20
Why do we say “Amen” at the end of our prayers?
The word “Amen” means “surely,” “truly,” and “so be it.” When we say this, we are agreeing with the thoughts and intentions of our prayers.
Jesus actually used the word “Amen” at the beginning of some sentences to signify the importance of what He was saying. “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.” (John 6:47-48) The fact that He stated “amen” twice indicated that what He said was very, very important. He was indicating that His thoughts, His words were absolutely true. He was telling us that if you believe in Him and follow His teachings, you can, and will, gain heaven.
While Jesus used “amen” to signify “listen up, what I am about to tell you is very important,” we use the word “amen” to end our prayers. But, too often, we end our prayers without realizing what we are saying. “Amen” has become a “ritualized conclusion to our prayers.” But, it should be more than that. It is not a magical word to make sure God hears our prayer. It is not meant to tell God that our prayer is finished. It is a statement of confident hope that we make to our God who invites us to come to Him. We are affirming what we have just said is true, and we agree with it. We know that God hears us, knows what is best for us, and will take care of us, so we say “so be it.” We are showing our trust in God.
Many times we also end our prayers with “in Jesus’ name, amen.” Why do we say “in Jesus’ name”? See the next installment for that answer.
Deacon George Hooper