Sometimes I pray and when I reach the end of my prayer for that time, I think 'amen', but then I change my mind and leave it open-ended...because I know I'll be praying more as the moments go by. Why actually end my prayers? I think as I go through tough times that I'm more aware of the fact that I pray all day long. Those prayers might only be a few words, or even a quick sentence, but it seems I'm always going to the Father many times during the day.
As I write this, it has been exactly one week to the minute that my dear birth-mother was taken Home to be with her Lord. I was at her side, and I wouldn't have been any other place on the face of the earth. She gave life to me, and I was able to be with her in death. We shared a bond that can only be described as 'unique'.
The weeks before her death were difficult. She fought cancer for a number of months. The ending was difficult. But GOD gets the glory because she confessed Jesus as her Saviour. The prayers I prayed all during the days before and since her passing have been open-ended...with no 'Amen' to finalize them.
Tonight, just now, I've been able to say "Amen". It's not morbid, it's just a chapter of prayer that is now closed. But don't think the prayers have stopped! No, they're just beginning. I have so many people to pray for still. As I think of all the people who have been touched by this woman, I know that I have a responsibility to pray for them. As I realize my own position in this world, my 'unique' position, I know God has put me in this place for a purpose.
What is your purpose? Are you in a time of open prayer? Does the 'amen' seems futile because you're still running a race? Persevere to the end, knowing that God is in control, God will give you grace, and God will give you strength. When the "Amen" comes, it's a time of praise even though there's pain. It's a time of newness, for the old has passed away. It's a time of purpose because He will guide you to the next place. We are to glorify HIM in all things.
My prayers are that you will be blessed,