Why do we say "amen" at the end of prayers?

Knowing the meaning of the biblical word, "amen," encourages us to pray more, and to pray more confidently.

Christians use the word, "amen," frequently. We conclude prayers by saying amen. But do we really know what it means?

A Christian catechism is a series of questions and answers used to systematically teach about the faith. Published in 1563, the Heidelberg Catechism is one of the most famous catechisms ever written.

The final question of the Heidelberg Catechism succinctly tells  what is meant by "amen."

Heidelberg Question 129. What does that little word “Amen express”?

Answer: Amen means,

This is to be sure!

It is even more sure that God listens to my prayer, than that I really desire what I pray for.

So today, you can pray, "Our Father, in heaven, be with my children, in Jesus name, amen." And when praying this, we can be more sure than God hears our prayer than that we desire this prayer. Amazing.

If you want to see one of the most encouraging and greatest uses of the word "amen" ever written, consider the benediction to the book of Jude.

24Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Would you pray at least once today? And when you do, say "amen" and mean it!

Posted on September 16, 2014 and filed under Prayer.