Is prayer the only way God will listen to you and what does Amen mean?
I have studied the bible for many years and I have never found anything that reveals we can communicate with God outside of prayer. Is there something I have missed the says different. And only in the New Testament have I seen the word Amen. We use this word following the end of our prayers. Is this a requirement or a tradition? What importance, if any, does Amen have? Will God hear are prayer without Amen?
I believe there is quite a bit of proof that God's children, those who are truly "born again and walking in fellowship with Him" can have the same type of relationship as Adam, Moses, Noah, all the prophets and other men of God have had With Him. They talked with Him as they do with other friends. Yes we must worship, love, fear, pray to Him etc, but we also are to have a personal one to one relationship with him as Father. So yes I believe the scriptures show this one on one relationship is also a time of communication with Him.
Amen-- simply means "so be it" which I take to mean I have presented my case and now it is up to your will what the answer is to be, which I will accept
In the Bible, Jesus gave his followers an example how to pray (Luke 11:2-4), but it is not considered mandatory. Then of course, there is Matthew 6:8, "He knows what you need before you ask." Prayer should come from the heart and not be repetitious, or should I say, without sincerity. As for Amen, the meaning is, "So be it." This also is not mandatory.
We speak to God through prayer, and He has communicated and continues to communicate) with us through Scripture and the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I agree with those who've commented that "Amen" means "So be it" or "Let it be thus" as a submission to God's will. In group prayer, it's a way of closing a prayer. God will certainly hear your prayer without the use of "Amen".
Edward J. Palumbo- Many thanks for commenting. I realize through spripture that God communicates with us. I am asking if prayer was/is the only means for us to communicate from ourselves to God? I agree the Holy Spirit promps us. Again many thanks.
My question would be "What is prayer"? Is it getting down on your knees, closing your eyes, and using certain words? To me, prayer is any time we talk to God regardless of where we are or what positions our bodies may be in. Some people will probably say praying is only when you're on your knees and have your hands folded. Again, I say it's any time we're talking to him. So is prayer the only way God will listen to us? It is if any conversation between you and God is what you call a prayer.
Everyone gave such good answers and I also believe that he hears anytime you talk to him. I believe he sees in our hearts and knows what's in our minds. I always start with The Lord's prayer as Jesus taught, when I pray but before ending I finish with prayers for others, my needs, I ask for forgiveness and always say Thank you knowing he will. My grandfather was a Methodist minister and always ended every prayer in church with, through Jesus Christ Amen. I always thought he was saying, I ask through Jesus who saved me and Amen I always thought was from the hymnal meaning God has graced man. I'm not sure I'm right but that is what I always thought it meant.
I find your statement strange that you never found anything that reveals communication with God outside of prayer. Everything you do and think is a form of communication with God. God especially hears us through our tears which is not considered prayerful. Interesting question.
Carol- I will clarifywhat I'm asking.. I don't recall reading anything in the NT for christians as to how christian are to communicate TO God aside from the form of prayer. Which is why I asked if I had missed something. Thank you for your answer.
Prayer is what you say to God. It is that simple.
Pray without ceasing - 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Prayer is engaging God in a continual conversation everyday. It is about being a soldier of God by communicating and awaiting the supplies that we need to fight the fight. "God, what is you will." "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done."
Those who turn a deaf ear to His Word, their prayers are an abomination. Prayer is not rattling off your honey-do list, or ringing your dinner bell for God to do your bidding, but aligning ourselves to His will.
Many want us to pray for this or that, but don't bother, the Word of God already has the answer. Instead of having a National Day of Prayer, how about a day of repentance and confession to Jesus Christ? That is God's will. Amen.
The tradition of using "amen" is abused because it is often not in His will, or in one accord with Jesus Christ; therefore, just soulish, vain babblings and repetitions that God ignores with an "amen" attached to it. Even the sheeple in the "church" building say "amen" to the pastor preaching false doctrine from the pulpit.
The weapon we have is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Amen. Prayer is communicating with God. Amen is aligning with the will of God.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen. - Revelation 22:21
Amen is about aligning our will with His will. It is not about God's will aligning with ours. 99 percent of "Christianity" is the latter.
God hears everything!
Our prayers do not change anything in God. He is constant and unwavering. All our prayers do is to prepare a vessel to receive His blessings -- the ones He has never stopped giving.
"Amen" merely means "so be it" or "truly." The word means nothing in the prayer. In fact, prayer is worthless without feeling. Words can guide our mind to the feeling we want, but prayer is all about the feeling (faith), not the words (intellectual thought).
All prayers are answered instantly and in the affirmative. Always!
What some people get confused is the idea that they seem to ask (words) for one thing, but get something entirely different (feeling). This is their confusion. God wants us to be like Him -- loving, unconditionally generous and without any self-concern. He wants us to have perfect and fearless confidence (faith).
We need to be utterly humble (no self-concern), but fearlessly confident (faithful).
If you really want to know what the Bible means and, more importantly, want to get closer to God, then you might be ready for the Hidden Wisdom now made available by the writers of the Bible.
Prayer is Praying To God With Faith And Receive Reply Through Manifestations. The reply you receive stands for your Amen which is affirmative.
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