Can I get an Amen?

Can I get an Amen?

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danna shirleyToday’s guest writer is Danna Shirley. Andrea and I have known Danna for more than 20 years. She and her family were stationed at the U.S. Naval Base in Sasebo, Japan those many years ago when we travelled there to minister to Navy personnel in their charismatic church services.


We all know the literal meaning of “AMEN” but I wanted to know what “AMEN” meant personally to God’s children, so I took a survey of many of my family and friends and this is what I learned:

At the end of the Lord’s Prayer it would be like saying, “Let it be exactly as the Father wills it to be” because of “on earth as it is in heaven.” Cathy Garrott (missionary to Japan)

I learned from a linguistics course long ago that “Amen” means an oral acceptance of the spoken truth. A modern translation might be “Amen to that, Sister” or “I believe the truth has been spoken.” The origin of the word comes from Hebrew and was then adopted into Greek, Latin, and Arabic. So the Lord’s Prayer, or any prayer among the faithful, is agreed upon and accepted as being the truth. Amen! Cathy Waters (childhood friend)

It’s very interesting that “Amen” is the very same in every known language on earth except for its pronunciation, as is the word “Hallelujah.” Imagine, “Hallelujah, Amen” are possibly the only two words of the original language God gave to man that were left intact after the confusion of language at the Tower of Babel! What a testimony of God’s power! Hallelujah! Amen! Nils Olson (missionary to Japan)

Amen is not a word I take lightly, but it is one I use often . . . “Here I stand” (as though I have a Bible under my hand) “I swear this to be true” or “No truer words were ever spoken.” Laura Pavao (writing class)

“I put the rest in Your hands.” Dawna lost her sister Tami on Oct 1st, 2015 after a heart transplant a few months earlier. Only through God’s comfort can Dawna, or any of us say, “I put the rest in Your hands.” Dawna Langley (my cousin)

“I am finished and leaving it all up to the Lord Jesus for His mighty work to be done.” Anne Campbell (my husband’s cousin)

I never forget how I’m to pray and thank and glorify HIM, my Lord and my God! Linda Cleverley (friend from Ohio)

I lift up my praises to Him as a thank You for what He has done and the blessing He has given me. I lift up my requests for His guidance and direction in my wants but He knows better than me so I want His will to be done, not mine; I want His strength to be able to accept it. Jean Crawford (Napa Valley Baptist Church)

In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus’ purpose was to teach us how to pray and in adding “Amen” He stressed the importance and power to our every prayer. Warren Huddleston (niece’s husband)

“So be it, just as You have said, choose wisely.”  Sarah Nelson (my great-niece, age 16)

“Amen” comes out of me so easily that it’s part of my everyday vocabulary. I am in agreement with God for whatever I am facing that day, in whatever situation I find myself, and whatever path on which God has me set my foot. For me, “all the promises of God in Him are YEA, and in Him AMEN, unto the glory of God by us.” (2 Cor 1:20)  Danna Shirley

In repeating something twice the Bible is emphasizing the importance of what is being said, as in these three verses below:

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.”  (Psalm 41:13)

“Praise be to His glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.” (Psalm 72:19)

“Praise be to the Lord forever! Amen and Amen.” (Psalm 89:52)


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