“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
Carrying on from the previous post Why Satan Hates You, we can renew our mind to God’s Word by reading it, hearing it, studying it and doing it.
The word hearing in the above verse in the original Greek actually means rhema – the spoken Word of God. So when you give of yourself to God’s written Word, He speaks to you and confirms that written Word – the Bible – thereby helping you apply more of “the measure of faith” that He has already given you.
Remember, the Word of God is one the weapons in your spiritual armour. It’s the sword – you can wield it to defend yourself and others from Satan. You can also use it to attack and take the fight to the Enemy, because attack is often the best form of defence. But to be able to wield any sword effectively, you must practise using it. How much more, then, the Word of God! And when you practise enough, you will develop a reputation of being a ‘commando for Christ’ working for his Commander-in-Chief, the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ!
The word ‘Amen’ appears several times in the New Testament. In fact, the last word in the entire Bible is ‘Amen’ (Rev. 22:21). Sometimes though, while praying, people tend to take the word for granted (as I used to). But the word is highly potent.
One of the meanings of ‘Amen’ is “so be it.” ‘Amen’ is also another name for Jesus. The significance of the word in prayer is this:
* We pray in Jesus’ name and
* We believe that our prayers are heard and answered. (Mark 11:23 – KJV)
Doing this, we release our faith into our words; i.e. we charge the prayer with our faith in God’s ability and willingness to hear and answer our prayer. “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:6-8 – NKJV) Of course, the prayer would need to line up with God’s will as expressed in His Word. Once we take care of that, we have the assurance that God has heard our prayer and answered it instantly. It may take some time to manifest depending on certain factors, but we can be sure that our effort and application of faith has borne fruit.
So the next time you say “In Jesus’ name, Amen,” put all your faith in Jesus into those words. Follow it up by waiting upon God without doubting. And the favourable result will be yours to see. Amen! 🙂