I’ve noticed that when the topic of the gift of prophecy comes up, some people think that the gift is for a select few, but actually God tells us to “follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.” I Cor. 14:1
One of the definitions of “eagerly” is: having impatient expectation.
If God wants us to eagerly desire spiritual gifts, there must be a reason. What is it? And why does he especially want us to desire prophecy? What is its purpose?
And why is love so important?
Because God knows the plan he has for each of our lives, I believe he is our biggest cheerleader. He wants so much for us to walk in the divine destiny he has for us. Yet he knows that in our humanness, we are at times tempted to be distracted from the path that he has lighted for us. That’s why he tells us to trust in him and to acknowledge him and he will guide our path.
One of the first things I do when I am going out of town to a place I haven’t been before is to consult a source for directions. That source could be a person, a map or GPS. I want to get information from someone or something that knows how to get where I want to go.
This is the great benefit we have as servants of God. He is our directional source for moving into the future that he has designed for us.
My husband works in the construction industry and whenever there is a question about something on the drawings, the contractor sends a request for information to the architect to get clarification before moving forward in the building process. The architect is the one who designed the original plans and so he knows how to achieve the result he had in mind.
I believe that this is an example of how God uses prophecy in our lives. He has created each of us with a unique purpose and he knows the way for us to achieve that purpose.
At times, I have been unsure of the path that God has planned for me. And it’s in those times that I believe prophecy has the ability to play a powerful role, its purpose. The reason we should eagerly desire the gift of prophecy is because, “the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.” I Cor. 14:3
I know there have been times that I’ve needed that.
That’s right when we spend time in God’s presence, he can impart something to our hearts that we are to pass on to another person or group on his behalf. When we are in a place of uncertainty, not knowing what to do next, God can get our attention through a word of prophecy delivered to us from another brother or sister in Christ.
Prophecy is a way for God to let us know that he is concerned about the things that we are concerned about. Through prophecy, the heart and love of God is shown and communicated through another person. In that moment the one receiving the word will likely know that God is speaking to them, though they are looking into the eyes of another.
An indelible impression is left. The person may have to process what has happened, but will soon find that they have been strengthened, encouraged, and or comforted. They may have received confirmation about a direction to go in or comfort while they continue in a period of waiting.
And why is love so important? Scripture says, “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge… but do not have love, I am nothing.” I Cor. 13:2
Because when a person that is operating in love speaks a word of prophecy, they are most concerned with showing the love of the father God to the person who is receiving ministry. The person should always feel loved and never dishonored or embarrassed.
Are you eagerly, desiring the gift of prophecy?
Perhaps God has a word for you to deliver.
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Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.