Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful [Amen] God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.”
This is a powerful scripture. Think about it. In this verse alone, we are promised God’s faithfulness and steadfast love forever. What’s the catch? Only that we love Him and keep His commandments. That’s a pretty small request when you consider what you get in return.
‘Amen’ is a Hebrew word that is used three ways in scripture. The above scripture is a descriptor of God’s character as being true, faithful, unchanging.
When used at the beginning of a statement, as in the following scripture verse, it is an affirmation/confirmation of fact proclaimed with certainty.
“For truly [Amen], I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18
The usage of ‘amen’ (most familiar to us) is at the end of a prayer or spoken as a statement of agreement: May it be fulfilled. It is this representation of the word amen that I share with you today; the ‘so be it’ at the end of our prayers.
What is your ‘so be it’ today, this week, this year? When you close your prayer with amen, what do you believe God will do for you? Notice, I didn’t say, what you hope God will do. To use amen at the end of a prayer or request to God indicates you are expecting God to act on your behalf, to give favor and work things to the good of what He has purposed for your life.
Let me be clear. Amen at the end of your prayer doesn’t release an appointed heavenly genie to make everything happen according to YOUR plan. Amen is based on the plans GOD has ordained for your situation. If you are a child of God, you can be assured that the outcome of your ‘so be it’ will be established on His steadfast love, faithful character and in total accordance with His life plan for us.
He is forever faithful.
The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassion’s never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
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