The Lord’s Prayer, Part 6

10.27.2019 Rev. Jennifer Hageman
(please click on the link above to view the sermon on Facebook)

In the sixth and last installment of Pastor Jen’s sermon series on The Lord’s Prayer she discusses the conclusion of the appeal, “forever, amen.” It seems so very straightforward, but as in all of the lessons I have heard from her, she enlightens me. Although many of us may know the word “amen” means “so be it.” Did you know the very same word is used at the end of prayers in many different languages around the world and can also be translated to “yes, yes,” “verily, verily,” “I agree with this prayer,” or “God can do it”? It also is an agreement that we will do our part to help make the prayer come to pass with our actions.

How can we trust someone? Pastor Jen says that first, we must believe the person intends our good, and second, we must know their credentials are sufficient. They must have intention and ability. To have assurance in The Lord’s Prayer, we know we can trust God by his history of providing for, pardoning, and protecting His people.
 
We know God is sovereign and present, having complete authority over our lives. But we must also remember we have some responsibility for much of what we pray for, as the hymn says, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”
 
We also know God is able, as with power comes ability. His power may appear differently than what we think, as it brings salvation, defeats sin and death, forgives, delivers, protects, and  redeems and transforms our lives for our good and the good of others.
 
We know without a doubt God deserves the credit and praise, as all we have is a gift from God.
 
God is the One who is, was, and is to come, the Almighty. There will never be a time when He is not. His promises are forever.
 
When we say, “amen,” it signifies a beginning, as we agree to the demands this prayer imposes and are in agreement to these things we want to be a reality. Jesus is God’s “amen,” and all of what God said is “yes” in Christ. Forever, amen.