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What Does Amen Actually Mean and Why Do We Say It?

January 11, 2021

Fascinating article. Thank you.

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What Does "Amen" Mean and Why Do We Say It?

“Praise be to the LORD forever! Amen and Amen”. – Psalm 89:52

The word Amen is one of the most familiar and common words in the English language, yet at the same time it is a word that many of us don’t fully understand. Simple as it may seem, the word amen is actually brimming over with meaning and purpose.

Amen as a Closing toPrayer

Many of us know the word amen is as a closing to a prayer. When we say amen at the end of a prayer, do we really know why we say it or what it means?

Amen is a word that is essentially an affirmation of truth or agreement, meaning something like ‘so be it’, ‘it is so’, or ‘it is true’. When we end a prayer with the word amen, we are acknowledging that we believe God actively hears our prayers, and that…

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