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Why Do We Say Amen In Our Prayer?

Tina S
Tina S
Dec 5, 2009
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First of all, amen is a word used so frequently in the Church that you would think that most Christians would know its meaning. However, many do not.

[amen] is one of the few words of scripture which is written in it's original Hebrew form. In fact, it is practically a universal word, having been adopted directly from the Hebrew into Greek, Latin, English, Spanish, and many other languages. Found both in the Old and the New Testaments, it is also translated in different ways, depending upon the context of the passage in which it is found. This Hebrew Amen is derived from the root [aman], which means to be firm or solid in the sense of permanency.

What Does “Amen” Mean?

The word amen means the same thing as "So let it be" or "It is true." Saying "Amen" is a way to finish our prayers, like ending a letter with the words "Sincerely" or "Love." It is a word that tells God we have said a prayer that we really meant. It shows that we believe God has heard our prayer and will answer it in His perfect way. "Amen" reminds us that God always has everything under control, even the hard things.

Its use in Judaism dates back to its earliest texts. It has been generally adopted in Christian worship as a concluding word for prayers and hymns[1]. In Islam, it is the standard ending to Dua (supplication).

Oddly, to get a scriptural answer to what “Amen” means, we go to a place where it is used not as the last word but the first word. Jesus would often start a solemn statement by saying "Verily" or "Truly". In John's gospel (eg Jhn 3:3) Jesus is recorded as using the word twice in succession, "Verily, verily, I say to you...". This is actually the word “Amen”.

 

Why do we end our prayers with ‘Amen’?

In Judaism:

For Jews, Amen is also an acronym for El Melech Ne'eman, which means "Mighty, Faithful King".

In Christianity:

The uses of “Amen” have been generally adopted in Christian worship as a concluding word for prayers and hymns and express strong agreements.
Seven of the Old Testament references link amen with praise. The sentence “and all the people said, Amen, and praised Jehovah” found in 1 Chronicles 16:36, typifies the connection between amen and praise.
The highest expression of praise to God is obedience, and when we say “amen” to His commands and pronouncements, our praise is sweet music to His ears.

The New Testament writers all use “amen” at the end of their epistles. There are 52 Amens in the Synoptic Gospels and 25 in John. The five final Amen (Matthew 6:13, 28:20, Mark 16:20, Luke 24:53 and John 21:25), which are wanting in the best manuscripts, simulate the effect of final amen in the Hebrew Psalms.

The apostle John uses it at the end of his gospel, his three letters, and the book of Revelation, where it appears nine times. Each time it is connected with praising and glorifying God and referring to the second coming and the end of the age. Paul says “amen” to the blessings he pronounces on all the churches in his letters to them, as do Peter, John and Jude in their letters. The implication is that they are saying “May it be that the Lord will truly grant these blessings upon you.”

When Christians say “amen” at the end of our prayers, we are following the model of the apostles, asking God to “please let it be as we have prayed.” Remembering the connection between amen and the praise of obedience, all prayers should be prayed according to the will of God. Then when we say “amen,” we can be confident that God will respond “so be it” and grant our requests (John 14:13; 1 John 5:14).

In Islam:

Muslims use the word "’Āmīn" (Arabic: آمين‎) not only after reciting the first surah (Al Fatiha) of the Qur'an, but also when concluding a prayer or dua, with the same meaning as in Christianity.
It is one of the words accepted as verbal-noun verbs in Arabic.
The Prophet (pbuh) has especially commended to say “amen” after the recitation of Surah Al-Fatiha. As follows: “You, say “amen” after the prayer- leader finishes the Fatiha and says amen. If a person’s saying “amen” at that time coincides with the angels’ saying “amen”, his previous sins are forgiven.” (Muslim, K. Salat, 72; Abu Dawud, Salat, 167-168; Tirmidhi, Mawakit as-Salat, 116).

So my thought for you today is to take a look at how you use “AMEN”, because God is listening and is going to grant you what you ask.  Now you may not like the answer He gives; But I assure you He is going to answer!  When you Say “Amen”  you are affirming your acceptance of His will.

1. A hymn is a type of song, usually religious, specifically written for the purpose of praise, adoration or prayer, and typically addressed to a deity or deities, or to a prominent figure or personification.

 

 
 
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