"Amen" is painted in Gouache on cold pressed archival watercolor paper.
The “Amen” that I declare with passion at the end of each prayer means “verily, truly, so be it.”
The significance of that simple declaration is often overlooked. It is more meaningful than the period at the end of a sentence, possessing a power that is indescribable! It is not a word that expresses a conclusion, as one might mistakenly believe, but is far more nuanced.
“Amen” declares my agreement with God’s stated purposes and plans from the Bible. It is reverentially whispered after having sought Him to clarify His will, before ever voicing my request. It is a word that aligns me with the God of the Universe.
While it may have concluded my prayer, it just issued an invitation to the enemy! And now the battle begins. In that sense, “Amen” is a piercing, alarming sound in the hearing of the enemy.
My every “Amen” attracts hell and its demonic forces, triggering battles, that I once was unprepared for. Now I know that hell hates my “Amen”. It is a battle cry for an attack upon the very things I just prayed for. Helpless without the full armor of God, described in Ephesians 6, I know I am mighty with it on. “Amen”was the firing of the first volley!
“Amen” expressed visually in art, while feeling the pulse of praise in my being, is my weapon of warfare. George Frideric Handel’s soaring strains of “Amen” in his musical masterpiece, Messiah, was the creative fuel for this work of art. It is a recognition that praise, beginning with the “Amen,” is a weapon of warfare in every spiritual battle.
Praise is expressed not in words but in the non verbal language of art in my “Amen,” and with it I am engaging in the timeless warfare of Christians who have gone before me.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand;…Psalm 149:6
May this work be a reminder that “Amen” is not only sweet sound of conclusion to prayer, but also the fiercest battle cry for a conflict that will test our resolve! From the moment of the declaration, it is time to stand, stand, and stand, until we view the manifestation of our prayer in our tangible world.
Amen, so be it.
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Cor 1:20
The battle described in Ephesians 6 begins with the Amen.
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