It turns out that “amen” is a transliteration of the Hebrew word “ ‘amen ”, meaning firmness or certainty. There is nothing innately powerful about saying this word at the end of a prayer, it is not like a “hocus pocus” spell to give our prayers a little more oomph. Nor is it a simple bookend so God knows that we’re done talking, like what you learned in school to write “Sincerely” at the end of a letter.
So the next time you spout off “amen”, be mindful of what you’re saying and that you do in fact understand and endorse what was just said. For, “Where there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.” (Proverbs 10:19 NASB). Do I hear an “amen”?
Questions for Reflection
How does it change how/when/where you say it?
Scriptures for Reading and Meditation
“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 NASB
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:17 NASB
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost…
He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:17-20 NASB