Why should we seek prophetic revelation? Because God says to, that’s why.
Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.
1 Corinthians 14:1
It’s Better Than “Because I Told You So”
This has always been an open and shut case for me. In fact, this verse is so clear that the only way it isn’t an open and shut case is if you try to redefine what “prophecy” means or if you choose to believe that prophecy died with the apostles. I’ve dealt with that elsewhere, but basically, much of the New Testament’s doctrine would go right out the window with prophecy if that were true, so we can’t just pick and choose what we like in God’s Word.
But to be honest, I wasn’t the kind of kid who liked “Because I told you so,” as an answer from my father (and fortunately I don’t remember him ever doing it). I like to know that there is purpose behind God commanding us to do something.
With prophecy there is. It is how we know that it is God leading our direction and not just our imagination, our own sinful will or the enemy deceiving us. We can have great confidence in our decisions and direction individually and corporately if we allow God to speak prophetically. He can and will tell us where to go and when we should change our plans.
In fact, there are simply too many benefits of prophecy to list them all, but if you need one, here are two abridged lists.
The Benefits of Prophecy in Your Personal Life:
- Your heart will be moved by a God who knows you
- You will walk in greater confidence of God’s love for you
- You will look at others with God’s eyes as you grow in understanding of how He sees you
The Benefits of Prophecy in Your Ministry:
- Your church will encounter God in a fresh way
- You (pastor) will be challenged to lead your congregation open to the voice of God (more challenging than you think)
- Your church will grow in confidence that God leads His people corporately, further engaging people in coming together as one body.
- As you struggle through discerning prophecy, you will be forced to deal with the things that hinder unity (if you read between the lines here, then yes, it’s tough; but the outcome is worth it!)
What do you think? What would you add to this list?