Daily Lectionary: 2 Kings 2:2-18; Ephesians 4:1-24
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. What does this mean? This means that I should be certain that these petitions are pleasing to our Father in heaven, and are heard by Him; for He Himself has commanded us to pray in this way and has promised to hear us. Amen, amen, means, “yes, yes, it shall be so.” (Small Catechism: Lord’s Prayer, Conclusion)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. What a great word! “Amen!” It’s from the Hebrew word that means “true” and is related to the word “believe.” “Amen” is the word of faith. God makes a promise. Faith believes and trusts that promise and says “Amen” to it. Yes! It shall be so! Done deal! God said it and that makes it so!
We say “Amen” when we pray because we are confessing that we believe what Jesus told us about prayer. He told us to pray. He also promised that our Father in heaven would hear us. We don’t learn to pray on our own. We don’t come up with prayer out of our hearts. We pray because of Jesus, whose death on the cross takes away our sin, whose resurrection rescues us from death, and whose Word and forgiveness make it possible for us to come before our Father and ask for all things that we need.
When we end our prayers with “Amen,” it’s as if we’re saying, “I could never ask God anything, but He told me to ask and He promised He would hear and answer.” The faith that trusts this is so is a gift of the Holy Spirit, given in Baptism and nourished by preaching and the Supper.
The Lord’s Prayer is a gift from Jesus. It is our prayer because it is a promise from Jesus. “Pray this way and with these words,” He says, because He Himself has guaranteed by His death for sinners that our Father in heaven delights in listening to us ask and in giving us all things that we need. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Amen, that is, so shall it be. Make strong our faith in You, that we May doubt not but with trust believe That what we ask we shall receive. This in Your name and at Your Word We say, “Amen, O hear us, Lord!” (Our Father, Who from Heaven Above, LSB 766:9)