Call upon God, adore, confess,
Petition, plead, and then declare
You are the Lord's; give thanks and bless,
And let the Amen confirm the prayer. ~Isaac Watts
The ninth and final item of prayer in this poem by Watts is the Amen, that which confirms the prayer. Watts describes Amen as “a Hebrew word that signifies truth or faithfulness, certainty, surely, etc.” One standard lexicon defines Amen as a “strong affirmation of what is stated,” and offers translations such as “let it be so” and “truly” (BDAG, p. 53). In other words, we confirm that all we have said in our prayer is so or shall be so, that it is true or shall be true in God’s gracious plan for our lives.
Watts explains that the Amen at the end of our prayers “implies these four things.” First, we believe the truth of what we have said about God and ourselves in our prayers to him. Second, we indeed hope that our requests would come to fruition and that they would be so. Third, we reaffirm that we will act as we have pledged to God we would do. Fourth, we assume that God has heard us and will answer our prayers according to His perfect will.
This is the last post on Isaac Watts’ method of prayer. To download a print copy of A Guide to Prayer or to read it online, go to http://www.prayermeetings.org/Isaac_Watts.html
Pastor David Huffstutler
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