Arise with Ayo Oliyide : Amen

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Good day, welcome to another wonderful week of multiple blessings and favours. I am certain this week is blessed. For as many as believed, I like you to say ‘Amen’.

The concept of Amen has become so familiar that many of us despise it and rarely see the act as anything important or germane to our prayers. Often times, it is to be said after a long personal prayer or after someone must have prayed with us or for us. Also, it is also used as an affirmative when something good is spoken concerning us. It is but very unfortunate that it has turned to a mere religious statement made or said, rather than really appreciating and recognising it’s importance. Just like the word ‘Hallelujah’, which means “Praise God”, we have normalised the effect of the word ‘Amen’ to our prayers.

Amen in the literal term means ‘so shall it be’ or ‘let it be as it has been said’. Often times in the Bible, when a blessing or a curse is pronounced, the priest would say, “and the people say, amen.” Which means we are privy to the spoken words and it is binding on us, we all agree that it should be so. It is like a word that affirms that you desire to be blessed by the words pronounced and if you do contrary, you are also aware of the consequences of your acts. It is just like saying, I concur.

Do you know that Amen is one of the names of God?
Isaiah 65:16 KJV “That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.”

The word truth as used in the scripture above is translated from the word ‘amen’. God is described here as the God of Amen. Jesus also described Himself as Amen in Revelation 3:14. So, when you say amen after every prayer, you first invoke Jesus into answering the prayer on your behalf and secondly, you form an agreement with the person praying, with the words spoken and Jesus as the ultimate answer to the prayers.

Amen is not just a rhetoric we repeat and repeat, it is a powerful tool employed in prayer to build up our faith in the prayers and in God. Another translation of the word faith is amen. So, amen helps to build faith in the prayer. When next someone prays with you or for you, and you want to agree with the prayers, just shout AMEN. And it shall come to pass. God bless you this week. Amen.