Amen is such a great word. I didn’t always realize how great. I used to use amen as an exclamation of agreement or as the “period” on the end of my prayers. Then I discovered the fuller meaning.
As a short and simple definition, amen, has the significance of declaring God’s faithfulness. It’s like saying, “Lord, You’re faithful!”
So, when I used to end my prayer with amen it was sort of like saying, “Well Lord, I’ve made my prayer to You. That’s about all I have to say for now. Later.”
Now when I pray, the final word amen means (what it actually means). Lord, I’ve made my petition and the last thing I want to declare is my confidence in the fact that “You Are Faithful” [Amen].
Regarding my saying amen with someone’s great testimony or statement with which I agree, I now say amen as another opportunity to ascribe faithfulness to the Lord.
Why does this make all that much difference?
To me, it’s important to use every opportunity – in ways big and small – to “salt” our environment and hearts with affirmations to the greatness of God. It gives Him honor, and it helps us keep our minds thinking on the “right stuff.”