When people in Israel came together in time of worship, they blessed The Lord and then said the word “Amen”. This word is now known in almost every language as a word that comes at the end of prayer. In 1 Chronicles 16:36 the Bible says, “…all the people said, Amen, and praised the Lord” (KJV). The word “Amen” established what the people expected and it still does it in our prayers today.
The word “amen” means “let it be so”. We say it at the end of our prayers and that means we expect things to happen the way we have declared them in prayer. If we have been describing something in prayer it means we are saying that it has to be done as described in our prayer. This word “amen” is actually a declaration that the will of God shall come to pass as it has been declared. It implies that we have faith that what we have declared will have to come to pass.
In Hebrew 11 :1 the Bible says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (KJV). When you say “amen” in prayer you are actually saying that you are hoping for things to come to pass according to what you said in your prayer. The time between the end of your prayer and the manifestation of the answer to prayer is a time when you exercise faith. Therefore you hope and wait and that requires patience sometimes. During that time the only thing you have is faith. There is no need for faith when what is expected has come to pass.
The word of God declares the will of God and if you know what the word of God says you will be confident because that word always comes to pass. Our prayer must be according to what the Lord has revealed, for it to come to pass. Now, we all must know that what God says always comes to pass. There is no need for us to pray using words like,“If it is your will …”. It may sound spiritual, but it a reflection of our fears and doubt. If you place the word “Amen” at the end of your prayer, that word finalizes what has to be accomplished. If we do not know the will of God then we must read the word of God.
The best we can do is to know what the word of God says and pray according to the will of God. We are not supposed to agree to doubt and fear. Do not say amen to fear or doubt. We are supposed to agree to God’s word which gives us faith. We really have to know what God wants and then pray according to his will.
In Romans 8:26-27 the Bible says, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (KJV). When the Holy Spirit prays through us, he prays according to the will of God. At the end of this Spirit led prayer, we can confidently say, Amen!