This weeks blog comes from our Aspire prayer warrior and team member, Madeline Cole.
Amen. We hear this word from most everyone during a time of prayer. It’s the easy part! Even those of us who don’t normally pray in the presence of others will even say it.
There are the quiet conservative “amens” that sound like a soft wind. Then, there are the strong ones said with great conviction. Do you know that “Amen” does not mean “The End?” When I was a younger me, that’s what I thought. It meant the pastor’s marathon prayer about everyone’s sore back and lost brother was finished and that was when I would shout a very excited “Amen.” Then my mom would pat my wrist to give me a nonverbal “Calm down.”
“Amen” means you are in agreement with what’s being said. You join alongside that person praying or preaching that statement. As a follower of Jesus Christ, together with those you agree with, you verbalize your opinion to model for others how to speak up for Christ. Saying “Amen” is also an encouragement to those praying aloud on behalf of others. It’s a word that attaches us to God!
So, say it however you like! Say it often, or sparingly. Say it with reverence, with conviction, with hope, with grief, and with joy. Thank God for the free will to decide to agree!
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen. – Psalm 41:13