It is common to hear preachers say to the congregation during church meetings, “If your “amen” is louder than that of your neighbor, you shall see it come to pass in your life.” One would wonder whether it is shouting a loud “amen” that brings the results. Why is it that some people shout a loud “amen” and they are not seeing the results? Do we really understand what happens when we say “amen” to a declaration or prayer?
The Hebrew word “amen” appears 78 times in the Bible and used as an affirmation of truth. Amen is first mentioned in Numbers 5:22 and mentioned lastly in Revelation 22:21. According to Webster’s Dictionary, it is used as a verb which signifies: to confirm, establish, verify; to trust, or give confidence. Amen is a title of Christ (see Revelation 3:14); used to reinforce a statement and used at the end of declarations and prayers, in the sense of, be it firm, so be it or be it established.
Why Say Amen to Declarations and Prayers?
The Bible is a compendium of God’s promises, prophecies and principles, which are true. The promises and prophecies come to pass in the lives of those who believe; have the understanding and receive the revelation as they seek God. The principles also work for those who believe and apply them. For example, Jesus Christ said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3).So, the principle of the new birth is true and must be applied by any individual who wants to experience God. God is faithful to fulfill every promise He makes because He is the God of truth or the God of Amen.
For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God. (2nd Corinthians 1:20 – The Amplified Classic)
It is important to say “amen” at the end of your declarations or prayers. It is also important to say “amen” at the end of the declarations, prophecies or prayers of God’s servants. God’s servants could be a pastor, prophet, evangelist, teacher, apostle or you. However, we should be mindful of prophets of doom and counter every prophecy that doesn’t align with God’s Word. When we say “amen” to declarations and prayers, we are affirming that God will not fail us and that the truth shall come to pass in our lives while glorifying God that He is indeed the God of truth.
Activating the Power of Amen
I mentioned earlier that some people may shout a thunderous “amen” at the end of declarations or prayers and nothing seem to happen after a while. This does not mean that God’s Word fails. We need to examine our relationship with God and the level of trust we have in Him.
Believe God and His Servant
“Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God; so shall ye be established. Believe His prophets; so shall ye prosper.” (2nd Chronicles 20:20)
For us to see the results when we say “amen”, we must believe the God of Amen -His integrity and ability. We must believe that Jesus Christ – the Amen, is our Lord and Savior. We must believe that He is our source, our sufficiency and the God of all possibilities. God also wants us to believe those He has anointed to represent Him because He is in the business of confirming His Word and the word of His servants (see Isaiah 44:26; Mark 16:20). The Spirit of God is in the earth and dwells in every believer; so, it is important to agree with Him and God’s servants concerning any issue of concern in your life for a turnaround. The prophetic declarations or prayers from God’s servants will only come to fruition if you believe and say “amen” in agreement with them.
“Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:18)
If you are yet to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, say this prayer: Lord Jesus, come into my heart. I believe that You came, died for me and rose again to save me. I receive You as my Lord and Savior; I declare that I am born again. Amen!
Believe God’s Word
God honors His Word, which cannot be broken (see John 10:35). The Word of God is God’s will for us expressed in promises, prophesies and principles. So, when we believe God’s promises and prophecies concerning us and we say “amen” to declarations and prayers in line with God’s Word, we affirm that the Word of God works which activates the power of God to address any issue of concern.
“For unto us was the Gospel preached, as well as unto them; but the Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.” (Hebrews 4:2)
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”(John 15:7)
Make Declarations and Prayers in Jesus’ Name
Jesus Christ said, “Whatever you ask in my name that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:16) We can only access God through Jesus Christ. When we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, we call unto God in the righteousness of Jesus Christ and He hears us. By saying “amen” to prayers and declarations in the name of Jesus, we affirm that God is glorified and the truth is established in our lives.
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.”(Philippians 2:9-10)