John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
Romans 8:14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.”
This has happened all too often. A person has a major decision to make often involving a job, a future spouse or something similar. In frustration over what to do they seek out a word from a prophet, hoping that they will hear exactly what they need to hear for the season that they are in. I have actually seen people leave prayer lines upset because they didn’t hear what they had hoped.
Prophets are not meant to be fortune-tellers who peer into crystal balls and dictate your future. Prophets and prophetic ministers are to be the mouth piece of God, speaking what He is speaking and silent where He is silent. A good prophetic individual will seek to speak what God is saying, despite the response of the one receiving ministry. Even Balaam, greedy for money and having a wrong heart knew that no matter how much the king wanted him to curse Israel, God was going to say what God was going to say. Anything else is false prophesy and comes from the soulish or demonic realm.
When God is Silent
Have you ever left a prayer line more confused then you were when you came for prayer? It is easy to assume that maybe the prophetic people ministering were just “off” that night, or maybe they weren’t in prayer and the word like they should have been that week. Have you ever thought, however, that there is divine purpose in the silence of God? Is there a reason God is not speaking on this issue? Have you wondered if it’s possible that God’s working in your life in ways you can’t see now, but you will see clearly once He has brought you to a new level of maturity?
As a prophetic person, you must not allow yourself to be moved by pressure from those seeking ministry. At times people will stand before you, give you a coy smile and say, “There’s something very specific I need a word of the Lord for, and I am hoping to hear it through you tonight!” This is a lot of pressure to put on you as a minister of God, and if you “miss it” the enemy will certainly cause you to feel like a failure, or like your gift has receded, or maybe even like you were never gifted in the first place.
Knowing When and When not to Prophesy
I am of the firm belief that there are some things you don’t prophesy about. Things like who a person should marry are best dealt with by the individual seeking God directly and with pastoral counseling. Prophecies about marriage and divorce, how many children a couple should have, where people should move or live, are dangerous and can cause heartache and pain. If we are God’s children and sheep, we find this direction in prayer along with the input of Godly leadership.
Many people despise prophecies and prophets because they don’t understand the gift. The office of Prophet is not in the church to give everyone specific details on their lives, no, he or she is there to release the grace so everyone in the church can hear God better for themselves. Lets not endanger the authenticity of the ministry by applying unreal expectations to it.
Maturing through Prophetic Grace
The Bible teaches in Ephesians 4 that the five fold ministry are gifts that are meant to bring the church into maturity. The prophet leads us into maturity by teaching us to hear God more clearly. Those who hear and receive direction primarily through prophets, who have not learned to hear the still small voice of the Lord for themselves, would be considered immature and in need of development.
The next time you go up to a prayer line for ministry, please drop your agenda. God’s agenda for the encounter is often very different. When you just dismiss a word as the ramblings of a weak ministry, you could be missing a kairos word from God that was meant to launch you into the next season of your life.