May I make my representations against the muffled “Amen”. It comes out something like a grunt or a snore with some whispering undertones.
What are we saying when we say Amen to a prayer? We are saying: “I agree with that. I want that to happen. I stand with what has just been brought be fore you, Lord.”
Which leads me to think that if you agree with the prayer and all the aforementioned stuff appertains, then say a good loud Amen. If you don’t agree then don’t say anything.
Let us remember that our prayer times are warfare times. When the muffled “Amen” emerges, we give the impression that we are attending a gentle tea party in Tunbridge Wells.
And what an encouragement it is when some good hearty “Amens” accompany your prayer. You feel we are actually doing business with God.
Consider the passage when David had led in prayer to instruct Asaph and his associates in 2 Chronicles 16:8-36a: Then all the people said ‘Amen’ and ‘Praise the Lord’ (2 Chron. 16:36b)
Oh let’s have some good strong “Amens”. You do not have to shout, but say your “Amens” when you agree.
It is sometimes good to have “Amens” in the middle of prayers as well when you are spiritually joining your heart with that of the one leading in prayer.
But, away with our evangelical muffles and say your “Amens”.
(This article was originally published at venabling on October 28th 2013)
I re-publish the article above in teh light of my visiting other churches of late. One of the phenomena I have observed is that of the muffled “Amens” at the end, after prayer to the Lord has been made. Perhaps it has struck me because I am encouraged by the fact thatt at Feltham Evangelical we generally have good hearty “Amens”.