Corporate Prayer – Part 2

Corporate Prayer – Part 2

By Pastor Bill

Last week we looked at the Hebrew word that is used for Amen. It meant to build up, foster or support, as a parent. When we say Amen, we are taking responsibility and giving our support to this prayer. This week I want to look at the New Testament word that is used.

The Greek word that is used is amen (Strong’s G281), which means firm. It literally means “so be it.”  It is used 152 times. Many times it is translated at verily or truly. Strong’s tells us that it is of Hebrew origin, but does not specify which Hebrew word. Many scholars feel that the root word is yaman (H3231), which means to be right, to be right handed, or take the right hand side. It signifies firmness or strength, and is translated as surely, verily, or amen. The right hand is the hand of strength in Scripture. When God promises to uphold you with His righteous right hand, He is supporting you with His full strength.

      G281. amen; of Heb. or. properly firm, i.e. (figuratively) trustworthy; adv. surely (often as interj. so be it):–amen, verily.

H3231. yaman, yaw-man’; a primary root; to be (phys.) right (i.e. firm); but used only as denom. from H3225 and transit., to be right-handed or take the right-hand side:–go (turn) to (on, use) the right hand.rightous right hand

      (Isaiah 41:10)  “‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'”

      (Exodus 15:6)  “”Thy right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power, Thy right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.

The right hand was also the hand that was used to bless people. In Genesis 48, Joseph was upset that his father put his right hand on Ephraim’s head. He tried to move his right hand to put it on Manasseh’s head.

(Genesis 48:17-18)  “When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on Ephraim’s head, it displeased him; and he grasped his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. {18} And Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the first-born. Place your right hand on his head.””

 When we say amen in our corporate prayers, we are giving our blessing to that prayer. We are giving our strong support to that prayer. We are agreeing and verifying the prayer. We are coming into agreement with the prayer. And where two or three agree upon anything, it shall be granted.

(Matthew 18:19)  “”Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.”

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