Is 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).