Memory Verse: "And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord." (Lk.1:45,KJV)
Scripture Reading: Acts 12:1-17.
There is a lot in an 'Amen.'
I find that one can have zeal without faith. The Scripture reading shows the difference between the Amen of faith and having zeal without faith.
When Peter was imprisoned by Herod, the Church was in constant prayer for his release. They were even praying all night! They could even be commended to us as worthy examples; but a vital ingredient [for answered prayers] was missing: "faith."
Young Rhoda had more faith than all the rest of them. When the knock came at the door, she ran to answer it. The moment she heard Peter's voice, she was so excited to share the good news that she didn't even unlock the door so that Peter could come in, she ran with joy to tell those praying that Peter was at the door.
All the people said, "You are mad. It isn't so." She insisted that she had seen Peter, but the people had no faith at all. They said, "Perhaps, God has sent his angel." But Rhoda said, "It is Peter." And Peter continued knocking. They went and found him at the door. They had zeal but no faith.
Today, amongst other things, God wants to bring us to the place where we will take hold of Him [and His Words] in a living way. We need to rest and always trust the plan of God.
There was such a difference between Zacharias and Mary. Zacharias definitely wanted a son, but even when the angel came and told him that he would be a father, he was so full of unbelief. The angel said, "You will be dumb and not be able to speak...because you did not believe" (Lk.1:20). But when the angel came to Mary, she said, "Let it be to me according to your word" (v.38). This was the beginning of "Amen."
Please understand that you don't help the minister when you say "Amen." Embedded in your faith-filled Amen is the trigger for the fulfillment of God's promises and prophecies for your life. That's why God wants us to have an inward Amen, a mighty moving Amen. This Amen says, "It is," because God has spoken.
Ponder Point: Amen is not the end of a prayer. It just gets us ready to go to the next level.
Action Point: To all of God's promises and prophecies for your life, say 'Amen.'
Prayer Point: So from my heart, I say: "AMEN" to every Word God has spoken concerning me. I come into agreement with Your plan and purpose for my life. Let it be to me according to Your Word in Jesus name, Amen.