So Let It Be… or Amen?

Almost each prayer ends with this word. Every Christian uses it at least several times per day. It sounds almost the same in a whole lot of languages, which otherwise have nothing in common… And yet, it seems that this is the most misused word among believers today – amen…

The word Amen has a Hebrew origin and after it has entered Greek through the first century Church, today it is a part for almost every language. Generally speaking, Amen means a strong agreement with something, or a strong affirmation. It can also be translated as “verily”, “truly”, “let it be” or “so let it be.” The use of this word as a part of God’s worship dates back to the times of the Old Testament. This is where today’s Christian use is inherited from – its use in the Hebrew synagogues. Just as back then, today we say Amen at the end of prayers as a symbol of our affirmation thereof, as well as after we have accepted a blessing from an elder or another person, even outside of the context of the church gathering.

For many Christians, however, this small word has lost much of its meaning due to its almost automated daily usage. The question we ought to ask ourselves now is “Do we even think about what we mean by saying Amen, or do we just do it because it’s become a habit?”

In his letters, through his own experience, apostle Paul reveals to us the importance of the correct understanding of the word. And in order to understand the power of this affirmation at the end of prayers we need to listen carefully to the preceding words.

Philippians 4:20: “To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (NIV).
Notice that he does not pray in a selfish way, nor does he seek benefits for his own. Paul’s prayers ending on Amen are not prayers for more money, a newer car, or even an easy and more secure life. No, his prayers are prayers for God’s glorification and the spreading of the Gospel. These are the things that apostle Paul gives his affirmation to.
So, as you pray, instead of Amen, finish with “So let it be!” and you will see yourself the difference. When the use of the word is so automatic as it has become today, it not only loses its meaning, but the words spoken before that can so easily be influenced by the world around us. You can avoid the selfish and wrong prayer as you continually remind yourself of the meaning of Amen. Also, pay careful attention to the fact that God will most likely not give His affirmation to the majority of things from this world that we often desire to pray for.

An Amen at the end of the prayer is also an indicator of your faith. Finishing your prayers with Amen hoping that by some magical and mystical way it will make your wishes come true will not get you far. Yet, praying in God’s will with faith that He alone is the one able to do all things and for Him there is nothing impossible… Then you will see the power of the words “So let it be!” These are not words of doubt or desperation, but words of hope and faith. And namely this is what God desires for your life to have – a sincere hope and faith in Him.
An example for such faith you can find in 1 Peter 5:10-11: “And the god of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen” (NIV).
Just a verse earlier Peter is warning about the evil plans of the devil, but his hope for the believers is just as great as his faith in God. Because of this, while knowing that it will be so difficult, he can pray powerfully for you and for me.

So, do you pray properly and with faith? As surprising as it might sound, the answer to this question you will find in the last word of your prayers – Amen.

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 Discussion (6)

Philippe Alves

Indeed, you can see the disciples never prayed for themselves but for the mightyful action of God in and through the Church, the revelation of His nature, glory, and will. That way they did not bless the churches for prosperity and such but for a spiritual growth, transformation and “more-likeness” to Christ alone. Let it be so in our lives!

Petar Neychev

Thanks for stopping buy, Philippe!
Yes, you made me realize yet another aspect of the prayers and church life today… We seem to be far too busy in making successful churches and often end up lacking the Spirit. I was writing the devotional with a more individual-oriented point of view, but you just reminded me of the importance on a larger scale!
Thanks a lot!


Im new in understanding the in depth meaning of Amen.But im still confused in understand the usage of the word. I understand it is not to be used for selfish desires. But should I say it at the end of prayers or not or say ‘let it be so’.

Thank you


Hi (yaa)! As I shared in the devotional, the use of the word “amen” at the end of your prayer is an expression of your agreement with the prayer, your affirmation of it and your faith in God’s ability to deliver.

There’s nothing special about the word itself, so using the phrase “so let it be” at the end of a selfish or ungodly prayer is not going to fix anything. In other words, your “amen” or “so let it be” is only as good as your prayer, to put it in simple terms. Is your prayer an honest petition or expression of your worship before God? Your “amen” will express this.

I wrote this devotional because nowadays we use words and phrases (often) without any care as to what they mean. You can hear believers saying “amen” to the strangest of things (jokes, for example). That’s why I suggested that we use “so let it be” more often – it doesn’t carry the habit-related aspects of “amen” and it speaks more directly to the modern person who is distant from the original meaning of it. Naturally, you’ll think more honestly and deeply about saying the phrase and that’s the point – that we don’t say things lightly to God and say exactly what we mean.

yaa asamoah

Thank uou

Tarek K Shade

Why can\’t we end a prayer with \”thank you God\” \”thank you father\” in Hebrew our Aramaic? \”Berux Hashem\”