I am not really talking about a single specific word here. I am discussing the concept of finding a solid and clear conclusion to a prayer. When there is no amen, prayers can tend to stay in "to be continued" mode - the "dot dot dot" (...) of doubt, insecurity, or a of flimsy, open-ended hope.
Prayers that lack the sense of being firm, confirmed (or having a solid expectation, point or focus), reliable, or full of faith and the spiritual understanding that the answer to every question already exists, are simply exhausting. Without the amen, one can never be sure that anything is being accomplished by prayer!
I have always loved an idea once shared by a scientist. He explained the difference between a demonstration and an experiment. In a demonstration you know what the outcome will be from beginning to end. With an experiment, it is more like "We'll see..."
Effective prayer reveals and demonstrates God's goodness. Without a conclusion and affirmation of the truth of God an man, prayer is like a note in a suggestion box. We are experimenting with making contact, but who knows what good it will do?
The amen of prayer is an affirmation of the good the prayer is doing.
Here are a few elements that can help power up your amens. One or more of these ideas can aid in bringing your prayer to a well-punctuated, joyful conclusion.
- Feel the power of your prayer. Take a pause and let it sink in. The amen is a form of consenting and understanding that what we see in prayer is the truth "on earth as it is in heaven".
- Acknowledge that the revelation of your prayer is complete. Feel the benediction, the blessing, the joy, and the gratitude.
- Let your amen affirm that you understand that prayer is effective to meet the human need. Prayer resolves problems through spiritual understanding.The human need is always an understanding of God and your prayer is divinely designed to meet that need.
- Confirm your understanding that man has always been the reflection of God and that prayer doesn't change reality, but brings God's reality to light.
- Acknowledge that Truth, God is invariable Love and unchangeable Principle and that the human understanding of truth revealed to you in prayer is irreversible.
- Understand that God is infinite - the kingdom, power, and glory is all God's - and that there is no other power or presence. A good example of this is seen in Mary Baer Eddy's spiritual sense of the conclusion of the Lord's Prayer: "For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.17)
So, no more "dot dot dot ... prayer to be continued... and let's wait and see if anything happens..." NO. It's AMEN - So be it, truly.
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