ARE YOU A MODERN DAY PROPHET?
Jeremiah 1:17 ‘Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them…’ (NIV)
The prophets of the Old Testament were not mountaintop mystics who spent most of their time sitting on a mountaintop, contemplating a blade of grass or ‘the essential oneness of all things’. They didn’t just drift into town with a strong dose of the Holy Ghost shakes and say the first thing that popped into their super-inspired brains.
Most of them were students of history. They were in touch with the roots of their people. They were also students of their own times, in touch with contemporary culture. They were in touch with times in order to be ahead of times. They shared the present experience of their generation in order to shape the future destiny of their generation. God speaks to his people within a certain generation so that they will shape the future in line with the word. We’re certainly not all called or gifted to be prophets, but we can all have a prophetic kind of influence in our world, by the power of the Holy Spirit. The world today desperately needs a prophetic church.
AW Tozer said that a prophetic person is ‘one who knows his times and what God is trying to say to the people of his times… Learning will enable a man to pass judgment on our yesterdays; but it requires a gift of clear seeing to pass sentence on our own day.’
Prayer: ‘Holy Spirit, please help me to speak and live in a prophetic way that really connects and speaks to people in this age. Help me to understand the world in which I live, and to see what you are doing in this age. I want to help shape my generation under you.’