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Meaning of Amen


Do you have to say amen to end a prayer?  Do you understand why you say amen? Do you say amen in the middle of the prayer?  Do you say amen before the prayer begins?  It is more a term of agreement when people pray together. Only say Amen if you agree to what has been said or prayed. 

When Jesus prayed no matter how he said it or what he said, surely was reliable, trustworthy, and true.  So, in that alone, he does not need for his followers to say “Amen”, but they say amen anyway because it was Jesus praying.

In Isaiah 65:16, it says “the God of truth” or “the God of amen”. Here it is being addressed to the Father.  Jesus often used verily which is also amen to put emphasis on his own words. In John’s Gospel, “verily, verily I say unto you.” Verily or truly is another word for amen. There are times when a single amen is being used and there is a time amen is said twice: amen and amen.

Another word for amen

The word “amen” is an Ancient Hebrew word used at the end of a prayer and it means “I affirm”;  and other faith it is transliterated in many ways: agreed, indeed, yes, of course, certainly, exactly, I agree, I’ll say, so be it, truly, verily and many more to mention.  It is safe to say that every time prayer has to be ended it should be clear or with an agreement to what the speaker said in the prayer before giving the Amen.  We also need to let the speaker know if the listener agrees or not. Sometimes people say amen to get it over with and a quick about-face rush to get out. This is a sign of long service or prayer and they want to go home.

All prayers are supposed to be good and acceptable to many hearers but sometimes the speaker is overdoing it; making it too long, repetitive flowery words that make hearers uncomfortable. Prayer must be a blessing and not a yawning experience. Sometimes, when the speaker is also being carried away because of overflowing attendees instead of praying wholeheartedly, the focus becomes a performance to impress the attendees.

The Amen in Christian prayers signifies the end of a prayer and could also be to some other religions. The Jewish use of amen was adopted by the Christians uttering the same word ever since the time I can remember. Jesus’ name Yeshua should never change like the amen. 

Amen is an expression of agreement, confirmation, and sign of unity among believers during worship. Jews, Christians, or Muslims used the word Amen at the end of prayer as they see it “to be reliable” and “trustworthy.”

In Revelation 3:14, Jesus is referred to as, “the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.”

Revelation 7:12, ESV: “saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” This God Almighty God is the Amen.

Nehemiah 8:6, ESV: “And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.” LORD is the Father.

Psalm 41:13, NIV: “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.” LORD is the Father and He is the Amen.

2 Corinthians 1:20: “For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.”

According to The Expanded Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, the word “amen” is transliterated from Hebrew into both Greek and English. The meaning of the word is closely associated with the ideas of truth (correspondence to reality) and faithfulness (reliability) but can change slightly depending on the context. For example, when God says “amen,” it means “it is and shall be so,” affirming the absolute truth and reliability of the idea(s) conveyed. When a man says “amen,” it means “so let it be” which affirms his acquiescence to the truth of the idea(s) conveyed.

Jesus often began His statements with the word “amen,” and he spoke with absolute given to Him by the Father, he spoke only what was taught by the Father (John 8:28).  Every time he uttered a message, it is him that said it but the message came from the Father.  When he said he is the Amen that said it in Revelation 3:14.   We have the full assurance and confidence that His words are true and trustworthy and our responses, “Amen – so let it be.”

When someone is praying, our obedience is to listen and to agree or disagree on what is said in prayer, and it is between our understanding of the message and our submission. There are closing prayers that are only centered on one person in the Trinity and there are prayers that involve the Trinity which others do not agree. We may have differences of opinions but we only have one amen to say at the end of the day.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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