We once heard an evangelist exhort people to speak the things that be not as though they are. God spoke the heavens and the earth into existence when they were “be-nots”.
Do you realize that when we pray, we speak the things that be-not as though they are? Think about it. When we pray, we are asking God to do something in the realm of the spirit that will effect a change in the realm of the natural. In other words, through prayer, we ask God to turn the be-nots into be’s. For example when we pray for a sick person’s healing, good heath is the be-not which we are asking God to change into a “let it be, or an “Amen.” Or let’s consider prayers of forgiveness: The Lord spoke through Isaiah, saying “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” Isa. 1:18. Another way of saying this is “though your sins be-not forgiven, they shall be forgiven.” When do our sins go from be-not forgiven to forgiven-amen? After we confess them to the Lord… John wrote, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 Jn. 1:9
Have you ever wondered why we end our prayers with Amen? Amen is a Hebrew word which means “so be it” or “let it be”. The word Amen shares the same root as the word for faith in Hebrew and the word for truth (emunah and emet) and for the word for truth, in Hebrew, emet. So when we close our prayers with “Amen” or when we shout “AMEN” to the preacher’s message, we are standing in agreement that The One who is faithful and true will hear our words and turn the be-not into “Amens”! Therefore, answered prayer is the result of speaking the things that be-not as though they are.
Rabbi Joseph Bell
The preceding excerpt was taken from our regular newsletter, “The Zion Letter”. A complete copy of this article is available upon request: Request Issue May 2000