Prophecy and You (Part 3)

stairs to heavenIn our last two posts, we discovered that God wants us to cherish prophecy. It is a precious gift of the Holy Spirit. He also encourages every believer to desire to prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:1, 39). (Yes, you can!) Remember, prophecy is simply speaking forth to others what God has said to us or shown us.

We can increase our ability to hear and see into the things of God. He has already said He wants to share His secrets with us. Consider Psalm 25:14: “The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him…” and Proverbs 3:32: “…His secret is with the righteous.” Daniel 2:28, 29, and 47 call the Lord the Revealer of secrets. However, we should not be indifferent or passive about receiving supernatural revelation. God wants us to pursue Him for it.

One of the best ways to seek for greater revelation is to pray back to God Bible passages on this topic. Don’t settle for praying them once. Petition Him with them often. Here are a few to get you started:

Ephesians 1:17-18“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, so that you may know the hope of His calling and the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”

Personalize this passage by praying something like, “Father of Glory, I ask You to give me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in knowing the Lord Jesus. Open my eyes to heavenly visions and enlighten my understanding, that I might know the hope of Christ’s calling upon my life and the riches of Your glory. Give me a clearer understanding of my inheritance in Him.”

Exodus 33:18“And he said, I beseech You, show me Your glory.”

When Moses prayed that prayer, God graciously responded. Moses did indeed experience a portion of the Lord’s glory, Who passed by Him proclaiming His nature, “…The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and Who will by no means clear the guilty…” (Exodus 34:6, 7). We, too, can earnestly ask, “Lord, show me Your glory.”

1 Samuel 3:10 and 19“Then Samuel answered, ‘Speak; for Your servant is listening.’”
“And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.”

Make yourself available to hear God. Pray, “Speak Lord. I am listening for You.” Pray that the Lord would give you the ability to hear Him clearly, so that none of your prophetic words would fail to be accurate.

1 Kings 17:1“And Elijah … said to Ahab, ‘As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall neither be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.’”

I like to focus on Elijah’s position before the Lord — “The LORD God … before whom I stand.” We can pray to stand in His presence, in the councils of heaven, hearing His will, so that we can speak it forth into earth’s realm. For more on this, see my article.

Jeremiah 1:9, 10“Then the LORD put forth His hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said to me, ‘Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.’”

Ask the Lord to put His words in your mouth. Ask Him to use you in prophetic intercession and decree to pull down things which are not of Him and to plant and build up His will in your family, city, state, and nation. As you seek Him persistently to understand His heart, He will show you what to pray and decree. Your authority to move mountains will increase. But start by frequently praying these verses.

James 1:5“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, Who gives to all men liberally and does not upbraid them [for asking]; and it shall be given to him.”

Hebrews 5:14“But strong meat belongs to those who are mature  — those who by using their senses exercise them to discern both good and evil.”

Ask God to help you hone your ability to discern. Ask Him to awaken and heighten the sensitivity of all your spiritual senses, so that you are paying attention to the cues He is giving you.  

These are just a few verses to help you get started in receiving prophetically from the Lord. Do you have favorite Scriptures which you use to pray for greater revelation? I’d love to hear them! Please leave them in the comments.

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The Spirit-Filled Guide to Personal Prophecy,
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2 responses to “Prophecy and You (Part 3)

  1. Thank you for this series. You mentioned the aspect of accountability in your first post but didn’t really expand on it. For me, that’s a real sticking point and has, to some extent, made me build some strong boundaries around this issue.

    For year, my husband and I struggled to get pregnant and never did. Other methods also didn’t work out for us, and we are childless now. It is the most lingering trauma of my life as a woman and one *egregiously* misunderstood and overlooked by our modern day, family-focused church. The childless woman is never more alone than when fellowshiping in church! (I could go on and on about that but I won’t, I promise.)

    The thing is, we received numerous “words” from well-meaning, if shockingly nosy, people during those years trying to conceive. At the time, they gave me hope, incredible hope, and yet, none of them came to pass. Unfortunately, I think there’s a tendency in the church today to want to “feel” as if we’re legitimately hearing from the Lord when, really, these words could easily be our own feelings or our own desires to see the other person healed and happy or a wish to rid ourselves of the awkwardness of dealing with an unhealed person — and by extension, the question of the sovereignty of God — by glossing over it all with a pleasant but false “word.”

    A person can deliver a hopeful word and walk away feeling great about *themselves.* “Boy, did I really minister to them!” There’s no followup, no accountability, and when/if that word doesn’t come to pass, the once-hopeful hearer can become hopeless and bitter. I know I did.

    As time passed, I became angry at these people who so carelessly spoke into my deepest, most vulnerable place and blithely skipped away, never once thinking about the damage their words might do if untrue — as they were. Of course, I believe they meant well but you know what they say about good intentions. It took me literally YEARS to recover from the “hope” these people had given me. I was devastated, in total despair, and they never followed up, didn’t care about the impact of their words, so ….. they never knew. I assume they thought they blessed me. Quite the opposite, in the long run, actually.

    Because of that experience, I no longer listen to random “words” from anyone outside of family unless they’re willing to do two things: 1) WAIT and pray on it for at least 48 more hours and 2) allow me to follow up and give them feedback, good OR bad. If they can’t/won’t do these two things, then I take a hard pass. And, really, I’ve discovered most won’t agree, most are too excited to share what the Lord told them RIGHT AWAY — which is enough of an indicator of an undisciplined spirit for me to say no thank you.

    It’s not prophecy I have an issue with, per se. It’s the way it’s wielded so thoughtlessly and the *utter* lack of personal or corporate accountability on this issue within the body of Christ. I think it’s done untold secret damage to hearts already hurting enough and it is simply not okay. We end up burdening people with what we blithely assume is a blessing.

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    • You have brought up some really good points, here, Tuesday, and I am so sorry that you received hurt from what was “prophesied” to you.

      This kind of mis-prophesying is often a case of immaturity. As you said, the people who did this probably were acting out of kind feelings, wanting very much for you to have a child, but they were hearing their own desires for you, rather than the Lord. Probably most of us in Charismatic circles have been on the receiving end of inaccurate prophecy at some time or other, but not all of us on such a hurtful level as you experienced.

      Major prophets often counsel “No dates, no mates, and no babies,” when it comes to prophecy. Setting a date for an event to happen by, or prophesying a spouse or child is just too risky, especially because if we’re wrong, we hurt people so badly. Many of us, when we first start releasing the word of the Lord, are prone to these errors if we haven’t been taught properly.

      I hope that you have been able to forgive those who did this. If they are still within your circle of acquaintances, they might feel bad about their error, and yet feel too embarrassed to approach you on the matter.

      If we do miss it in prophecy, we need to go to the ones we gave the word to and ask their forgiveness, if we have any way of being in contact with them. That is integrity. I have made some prophetic mistakes myself, for which I needed to apologize.

      You mentioned that you don’t receive random words from people outside your family. It’s a good point — we don’t have to receive any and every word. I look at the track record of the person prophesying. Have they been accurate in the past? Do I know them well enough to know they have integrity? I also listen to whether a word resonates in my spirit or whether it confirms what I have been hearing from the Lord myself. I ask myself whether the word panders to my own wants, because some prophetic people are not hearing from the Lord, but are sensing the recipient’s soul desires and prophesying that back to the person.

      If a word doesn’t resonate or doesn’t confirm what I have been hearing from the Lord, but it seems to be a good word, I take a “we’ll see” approach. I write the word down and wait to see what happens, but I don’t allow my heart to get set on it. Some words we know from the get-go are just not right. Our spirit can discern that something is off.

      Some prophetic words are mere flatteries. Our flesh can get very excited about these, and then we get disappointed. Unfortunately, a lot of soulish flattery prophecies are going on in Charismatic circles. After seeing a lot of this, it makes us skeptical, and then we have to guard our hearts from scorning all prophecy.

      You mentioned you would like them to pray for a while before releasing a word to you, and that is really a good idea, especially for young prophets. We should weigh what we’re hearing over a period of time, to make sure it wasn’t just an enthusiastic thought of the moment. And many words are meant to stay between the prophetic person and the Lord. For instance, the people you encountered, if they really felt they were hearing the Lord say you would have a child, should have kept that between themselves and God and simply prayed for it to happen for you. So much of what we hear is not meant to be released, except in private prayer.

      You also said you expect them to be accountable to you for their word, that you can give your feedback. Again, this is a reasonable request. Prophetic people need this kind of accountability in order to mature — also to stay humble. “Drive-by shooting” or “hit-and-run” prophecies are not acceptable.

      In our day, we also have many well-known prophets who are speaking too hastily, perhaps feeling pressured to come up with “the word of the Lord” when they don’t really have one. Some are prophesying out of their own wishful thinking. Prophets on any level need to be able to humble themselves and say, “I blew it,” when they prophesy inaccurately, but few are willing to do so. I do hope that the time will come when this will be addressed and corrected in the Church. In the meantime, we all need to be more discerning than we are, weighing prophetic words and not swallowing everything whole.

      Thank you for your comments! You’ve shared some valuable insights, which may be helpful to others.

      Blessings,
      Lee Ann

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