Wednesday, October 16, 2019
“Pray then in this way…” For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen! [Matthew 6:9a]
Amen is a word we use all the time to conclude our prayers. Amen signals that we can open our eyes, unclasp our hands and lift our heads. It seems to simply signal the end of prayer; or so we may think. Yet, in reality, it means much more that a perfunctory ending. Its Hebrew roots remind us that it is actually a vow, a commitment to live out what we just prayed. So, we shouldn’t take “amen” lightly and assume God will do all the work. Frederick Douglas once said, “I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” Saying, “Amen,” means we will partner with God in being the answer to what we just prayed. In light of the Lord’s Prayer this is a tall order! Are we willing to commit to do our part so that everyone on planet earth has daily bread? Are we willing to forgive others? Will we put our trust fully in God as we endure trials? Is God really sovereign in our lives? Praying, “Amen,” is a commitment, so let’s be sure we do it with intention.
God of heaven and earth, give me the courage to partner with you in answering what I pray every Sunday during worship. The prayer Jesus taught is challenging. Help me to see my part in your story, as you give me resolve and strength to bring a bit of heaven on earth each and every day. Amen.