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Do I have to end my prayer with "Amen"?

Amen has become the sort of PERIOD at the end of the prayer.  It socially works because it tells people “I’m done praying so you can lift your head.”

The word AMEN means much more than just that.  It means…

TRUTH
FAITH
SO BE IT
LET IT BE SO

We say it as a stamp to what we just prayed, like the politician who says at the end of a commercial – “I approve this message.”

But since prayer is communication and our communication with God should never stop, we don’t have end our transmission to God like we’re talking to him on walkie-talkies.  “Over and out.”

You can use AMEN any time you want, not just when you pray.  Someone says some truth you agree with it.  AMEN.  Someone expresses a desire that you feel God approves.  AMEN.  You hear a sermon that agrees with your spirit.  AMEN. 

The word doesn’t just end prayers, it emphasizes truth.  So when you say it, mean it, indicating that you feel the prayer is true, it represents God's will and you desire it to be so in your life.  It's a final commitment you make as you end the prayer.

Amen?