When you pray, leave it all in God’s hands knowing this is not the end. “Amen” doesn’t mean “the end”. It means “so be it”. This is your word of relinquishment. You’ve given your concerns over to Him and you no longer need to carry the burden of them. But don’t stop praying! Your morning quiet time is just a springboard to launch into a prayer-filled day.
Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.
~ Isaiah 65:24
This is what you’re really saying when you say, “Amen”:
I have brought my concerns before your throne and now I am willing to let these matters that are precious to me rest in your hands. I have confidence that you have heard my prayer and will respond. I know I never pray in vain.
I rejoice, confident that you are at work. I am trusting that your answers, ways, methods, and timing are perfect and beyond my understanding and more than I can imagine. I put my hope in your promises.
If it looks like matters are only getting worse and not better, I will choose to walk by faith and not by sight. I believe you are working out good in ways I cannot yet perceive (Ro 8:28). I resolve to be content with your response knowing that you only withhold from us what is harmful or destructive (Ps 84:11).
I thank you in advance for all the good I know you will do. I praise you because you are good and there is nothing you can’t do.
May the words I’ve said and meditations of my heart be pleasing to you (Ps 19:14). If anything I have prayed is contrary to your will, I ask you to strike it from the record and teach me a better way to pray.
I won’t stop praying just because I said “amen.” You urge us to pray continually and without ceasing. This is my starting place, a springboard to launch me into a prayerful day saturated by communion with you.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV
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