We end our prayers with Amen, which means “Let it be so.” The expression gives strong approval to what has been said or done. In some churches, years ago, a group of men would sit in a special area called the “Amen corner.” When the preacher said things they liked, or particularly agreed with, they would say Amen.
The Bible uses the word amen more than seventy times. Sometimes it is used when people act in a way that God approves, such as when a crowd shouts Amen when someone speaks a spiritual truth.
On the other hand, it is also used when evil people hear a warning about the dangers of doing wrong. When God provides good things for His people, we can say Amen. Frequently in the Scriptures, both men and women say Amen. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, we have freedom to express ourselves.
Look at this limited selection of Scriptures where this word is used:
1. Deuteronomy 27:15. An Amen is spoken after a commandment that idol worshipers will suffer. Why? Can a person have fellowship or a relationship with idols?
2. Nehemiah 8:1–6. Where were the people when Ezra read from the Book of the Law? What did they do when he finished reading? What did the Amen mean?
3. Psalm 89:52. Why does this verse use the word amen two times? Read the
preceding verses 1, 6, 8, and 15–16, which will help explain why the chapter ends with a double amen.
4. Romans 9:4–5. What advantages did the Jewish nation have in the Old Testament? Who came from that nation? Why is an Amen said here?
5. 2 Corinthians 1:19–20. What affirmations do we give about Jesus, the Son of God? What is said about God’s promises in Christ? Who should say Amen?
6. Galatians 1:3–5. What has Christ done for us? What double blessings come our way because of Jesus? Why should one respond with an affirmation of these truths?
7. 2 Timothy 4:14–18. When Paul had no defenders, who came to his rescue? Who was the “lion” that wanted to kill Paul? Why did Paul say Amen?
8. 2 Peter 3:18. How can a person have a growing relationship with Jesus our Lord and Savior? How long does glory belong to Jesus? Why is there an Amen in this verse?
9. Revelation 5:13–14. What do you think of the hymn of praise to Jesus in verse 13? Who sang it? What do you think of the Amen in this text?
10. Revelation 22:20–21. Why should an Amen be given when Jesus testified about the truths of Revelation? Why does God’s grace merit an Amen?
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