I'm in. Amen.
Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
-1 Peter 4:11
As I was driving to the church recently, I listened to someone offer a prayer at the end of a podcast. At the end of the prayer, I initially heard the woman say, “I’m in.” On a second listen, I realized she had said “Amen” as we traditionally do as we end our prayers. This little auditory mix-up has stuck with me.
We know what it is like to pray to God, right? We know to trust that God is working in our lives and that our prayers are heard, even if we don’t receive the answer we would like. What do we do after the “amen”?
In my own life, I’ve decided to extend my prayers past the “amen.” I want to say to God, “I’m in. Use me. What can I do with you and your children, God?” As we hear in I Peter 4, we can be as one who is speaking the utterances of God and serving by the strength which God supplies.
May we add to our “Amens” with the declaration “I’m in!” Let us not only pray for a better world, but advocate for the children of God with our voice and work for the benefit of God’s kin-dom. Let us pray for one another as we join in God’s good works together.