The most common and widely accepted way to end a prayer is to say “In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
This ending honors Christ and recognizes that prayer is made possible through Jesus’s sacrifice. It also concludes the prayer with a tone of affirmation and confidence in God hearing the prayer.
Why Pray in Jesus’ Name?
Christians pray in Jesus’ name because Jesus is considered the great mediator between God and humanity. Jesus’ life, death on the cross, and resurrection opened the way for people to directly approach God in prayer. As John 16:23-24 explains, believers can present prayers directly to God the Father in Jesus’ name.
Jesus Enables People to Pray to God
The Bible presents Jesus as the one who enables human beings to have a relationship with God at all. Because Jesus took the punishment for human sin, believers can approach God without fear of judgment.
Hebrews 4:16 explains that through Jesus, Christians can “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence.” So ending prayer in Jesus’ name recognizes that prayers are heard through Jesus’s grace and mediator role.
Honors Jesus’ Sacrifices for Humanity
Praying in Jesus’ name also shows appreciation for and honor towards Christ’s sacrifice that makes prayer possible. Philippians 2:9-10 explains that God the Father highly exalted Jesus and gave Him authority over everything on heaven and earth. So ending prayer “in Jesus’ name” is a way to exalt Christ and recognize his authority and power over creation, death, and life itself.
Why End Prayer with “Amen”?
Saying “amen” at the end of prayers or statements of faith is an ancient tradition across many religions and Christian groups. But what does this word mean? The word itself comes from Hebrew, meaning “so be it.” Some main reasons Christians end prayers with a confident “amen” include:
Affirms Belief that God Hears
By concluding prayers and statements of belief with “amen,” the pray-er affirms their confidence that God hears and can respond to requests made in faith. This assurance does not depend upon the pray-er’s own confidence or eloquence, but rather on God’s faithfulness and Christ’s mediator role.
Closes Communication with God
Adding “amen” formally ends a prayer the same way phrases like “over and out” end vocal communications. This signals that the pray-er has fully communicated his or her petitions and praises to God for the time being.
Just as a vocal conversation does not normally end without some cue like “goodbye,” amen gives a cue that prayer has concluded.
Found in Biblical Prayers and Statements
The Bible commonly uses “amen” to conclude prayers, statements of faith, psalms and hymns, and other communications to God. Jesus also prefaced many statements with “truly I say to you” and “verily verily” (English translations of “amen”). So ending prayers with amen has deep biblical and traditional precedent across thousands of years.
By closing prayer in the powerful and timeless words “in the name of Jesus Christ, amen,” Christians appropriately honor Christ and close communication with God the Father.
This ending connects believers’ prayers to God’s throne through Jesus’s mediator status. So honoring Christ’s name and authority through this ending helps affirm prayers are heard while upholding central Christian beliefs. For all these reasons, saying “in the name of Jesus Christ, amen” offers a resonant, meaningful way to end nearly any prayer.