“Larry, you told me the Lord was going to give me my own business,” she said, her eyes locking on mine. “So, where is it?”
This is the situation we prophetic voices absolutely hate.
On the one hand, we need to boldly speak by faith what we feel is a prophetic word to a person. But then, on the other hand, we have to recognize we can make mistakes.
“Well,” I replied, “what do you think? Was my prophetic word about the Lord giving you a business a true word or not?”
Her eyes blinked. “At the time, I really believed it was from the Lord,” she said. “But now, after all this time, I’m not so sure.”
“Okay, what have you done to bring this particular prophetic word to pass in your life?” I asked.
She sighed. “Well, I’ve been waiting on the Lord, you know, just waiting on Him.” Her eyes narrowed a bit, daring me to say something.
In my twenty-plus years of speaking prophetic words to people about their callings or their ministries or their businesses or prospective marriages or having babies or whatever, I have heard this answer countless numbers of times. In fact, I’ve heard it so much that I have to quell a scream from spewing out of my mouth whenever I hear it uttered.
What most Christians think waiting on the Lord means, compared to what Scripture actually reveals it to be, is about like the difference between night and day. Or in the case of New Testament prophetic words, it’s the difference between having a prophetic word coming to pass or one that fails.
A young Roberts Liardon said, “I knew that I was called to preach so I went out to meet my calling.”
Liardon’s words may sound brash to many believers, but they are scriptural.
So what can a New Testament believer do to help bring a personal prophetic word to pass in his (or her) life?
(Continued in Part 2.)