I’d Like To Prophesy, But…* (Part 1)

shy2Is prophesying still important? Or is it old school Christianity? A relic from a past age, not worth digging up again.

Here is an experience of mine which made a difference in an unbeliever’s life:

Years ago, I worked for a maintenance supervisor whose every word dripped with bitterness and sarcasm. Nobody, including me, wanted to be around him; he was a downer, with a capital D.

But one day, I was stuck working with him on a small project. As usual, he was carrying on about the unfairness of this and that. Blah. Blah. Blah.

For some reason, I turned toward him, and as I did, a prophetic word perched itself on the tip of my tongue. “It wasn’t your fault, you know?” I said, wondering where I was heading with such words.

“What?” he said.

“You know, back in Viet Nam, when the soldier died. It wasn’t your fault!”

He stopped working and stared at me. “Do you know what happened there?”

I shook my head.

He went on to explain how he had been a tank commander in Viet Nam. ” I was a good commander and loved my men. They respected me,” he said.

Then, one day an infantryman asked for a ride back to base. He pointed to the rear of the tank and said, “Jump on.”

The pressures of being constantly on the lookout for booby traps and mines caused him to forget about the soldier. When he did look back later in the trip, he noticed the soldier was missing. So, he turned the tank around.

Two miles later, he found the infantryman dead with his head cut off.  The supposition was the soldier fell asleep, rolled off the tank and was quickly discovered by the Viet Cong.

At a court martial inquiry, he  was found guilty. His career was over.

When he finished, the supervisor asked, “So, who told you?”

“The Lord told me,” I said looking into his eyes. “And Jesus said, ‘It’s not your fault.'” The man’s countenance glowed.

A week or so later, the man quit his supervisor’s job at the motel and started his own company. Whenever I saw him on the street after that, he would cut across in front of traffic just to shake my hand.

Did the man get saved and serve the Lord? I really don’t know as our lives eventually drifted apart. But I do know this: on that particular day, the man knew Jesus truly cared about him.

And guess what?

If you want, you, too, can give prophetic words to unbelievers, believers and whosoever as you journey through life. The Lord is looking for willing vessels to speak for Him.

Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. (1 Corinthians 14:1)

(Continued in Part 2)

*I have used the word prophesy in a general sense to denote prophecy, words of knowledge and words of wisdom (1 Corinthians 12: 8-10).


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19 responses to “I’d Like To Prophesy, But…* (Part 1)

  1. Thanks for sharing this experience. It’s amazing how little we understand this gift and how in some ways we are scared of it. At least I am, at times. So much potential for misuse. A truly awesome responsibility, speaking for the Lord.


  2. anna,

    I agree. There’s misuse, no doubt about it.

    But everyone needs to understand there’s sufficient grace for us to step out on the limb and speak prophetic words. And it’s important to learn how to do it now during peaceful times when the pressure isn’t so great. Just a little pride – most of the time – will be the penalty for any mistakes.

    In the future, mistakes may cost lives.

  3. This was so beautiful. I plan to write some posts about the gifts of the Spirit. Would you let me provide a link to this post?

  4. Solveig,

    Sounds great, go ahead and link up.

  5. What a beautiful account! Thank you for sharing this. Anything Jesus does has eternal value, and I rejoice at how He used you to deliver this bondage-breaking message to that precious man, so dearly loved by our Lord.

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  7. grace,

    Thanks for your comments. And remember, you (especially you) can do the the same thing.

  8. that is awesome. when i was first saved our methodist youth group went to the elim church in my town at night. they had a band. loud worship. other young people. i had no idea what to expect. but loved it. the first 4 times i went (over a space of 2-3 months) during the preaching the pastor would stop and look at me and prophesy over me. the first time it happened i was so blown away and it totally again transformed my life. that God would know me and my life and my past and my future and that he would interupt a mans sermon for him (and HIM!) to speak to me. wow. i cherish those words and i cherish more the differenc they made in my life. the first time was real simple – it was do you know that God loves you… and a message of love and grace. i DIDN’T know (even as a brand new christian that God LOVED LOVED LOVED me) but wow did i get it! i cherish teh gift of prophecy because of that and in my own preparation each time i preach i ask God to give me prophetic words for the people i speak to – because i know it can change lives and draw people to God!

  9. fireball3316,

    I, too, cherish prophetic words and am an example of one who was changed because a man spoke a prophetic word to me. He said, “You are thinking about committing suicide, aren’t you?”

    His words saved a sinner (me) from committing suicide that day, and set me on a path to learn as much as possible about prophetic words.


    Also, I always check my inner radar system to see if there are any prophetic words for people whether they are saints or sinners wherever I am. This could be in a grocery store, on the street, in Starbucks, on the internet, delivering a pizza or wherever. Prophetic words (almost always) give people hope.

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  18. Thank you Larry. I have read the whole series and my heart is full…blessed beyond words. The Lord wanted me to read this at such a time as this.


  19. gladwellmusau,


    You can not imagine how much you bless me with your teachings and just being you. It’s a joy knowing you.

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