In Jesus name, Amen.
A staple phrase in prayers. A memorized ending. The way to tell others that you are finished.
Or does it mean more than that? And should it be used so carelessly?
Amen simply means “so be it.” It was a word the Hebrews used to confirm a statement, oath or covenant.
I also shook out the fold of my garment and said, “So may God shake out every man from his house and from his labor who does not keep this promise. So may he be shaken out and emptied.” And all the assembly said “Amen” and praised the Lord. And the people did as they had promised.
When Jesus taught, he’d start by saying, “Truly, truly,” or in some translations, “Verily, verily.” For example John 1:51,
“And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
The word ‘truly’ in this verse is the Greek word for Amen. Jesus literally started by saying, “Amen, amen.” When Jesus began a discourse with these words, a promise and absolute truth was to follow. It caused the listeners to be even more attentive to his words.
But is praying “Amen” too confident? We are ending our prayers by saying, “This is truth,” or “So my prayers will be.”
But Jesus gave us the confidence.
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
And this confidence stems from the fact that ‘Amen’ is not simply a word, but a person.
So that he who blesses himself in the land shall bless himself by the God of truth (Amen), and he who takes an oath in the land shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten and are hidden from my eyes.
“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.”
Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promises. As we pray in compliance to the character of the Son and to the glory of the Father in Heaven through the Holy Spirit, we can be sure that our prayers are heard because of Jesus, and Him alone.
Jesus is Truth, the Amen. There is no answer to prayers and or hope in God’s promises without the being and work of our Savior, the Messiah. Words formed as prayers that spring from a rebellious or selfish heart, mean nothing, and disappear into the atmosphere. But prayers from holy people with righteous motives soar uncontested to the Father’s ears.
So yes, praying, “Amen,” does mean so much more. Beware of flippant usage of this phrase, for it’s Jesus Himself that you blaspheme.
Instead of using the habitual phrase to close your prayer, use this to remind you of Who it is you are naming.
“In Jesus name, THE Amen.”