_ It's not a random little word. Like a period is not a random little dot. Without punctuation at the end, a series of words is considered a fragment, not a sentence. So what is prayer without an amen?
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.
_In the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, amen is a declaration of affirmation. It is a statement of "So be it, truly". The Hebrew word Amen derives from a root that means to be firm, confirmed, reliable, faithful, have faith, believe.
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.
_When Paul writes of prayer without ceasing (see 1 Thessalonians 5:17), I don't think he meant that prayers shouldn't have a proper authoritative conclusion. In fact, every one of his epistles conclude with a prayer and an amen. Prayers without conclusions are like clouds without rain. What Paul encourages is the life commited to consistent, clear, effective prayer that produces good results.
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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I have practiced Christian Science professionally in
some form since 1979.
But my journey with
Christian Science started
in a Sunday school
where as a young child
I was taught the Scriptures and some simple basics
of Jesus' method of
scientific Christian healing.
A significant experience
at the age of twelve
opened my eyes to
the great potential
of this practice.
After impaling my foot
on a nail,
I prayed the way I had learned
in Sunday school.
the pain stopped
and healing began.
By the next morning the wound had disappeared completely.
the great potential
of Christian Science,
there would be no