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Prophetic Preaching

Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the One who sent Me.” (John 7:16)

Jesus consistently preached under the anointing of God, as we see in the above verse. Yet the key to being prophetic is that Jesus’ message carried the weight of supernatural creativity, breakthrough and fulfillment.  A prophetic preacher may use the gifts of teaching, exhortation and prophecy in a variety of ways; but the power of the message itself, will shift the atmosphere (Rom. 1:16-17). That is what makes it prophetic!

“And take the … sword of the Spirit, which is the word [rhema] of God” (Eph 6:17)

Prophetic Preaching contains a ‘Now’ Word:

The prophetic gift is employed to make known the thoughts, purpose and intent of God. Prophetic preaching has a sense of immediacy. In the New Testament, the Greek word ‘rhema’ primarily refers to the spoken word that carries power in its ‘utterance’, whereas ‘logos’ primarily refers to the written word, the logic of God or His thought process. Prophetic teaching and preaching releases the rhema of God’s “Spirit-breathed”, current Word. It is designed to reveal the Father’s “Now Word”, making known something that if believed would come forth. It answers the question, ‘What is God’s Word to us in this season?’

Example: The Apostle Paul said, “the word is near you even in your mouth and in your heart, that is the word of faith that we preach” (Rom. 10:8). He goes on to say that if you act on it by confessing and believing, you will be saved… You will be transformed!

What happens in prophetic preaching is that we are drawn into an experience by the conviction of the Holy Spirit as well as the will to believe and step into its power. It sets a Kairos moment… the opportune time for change and transformation. Prophetic preaching opens doorways into heavenly blessing, revelation and assignments.

“This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.” (1 Cor 2:13)

Based on Spiritual Revelation:

Prophetic preaching is inspired by the Holy Spirit through the means of revelation. The word ‘revelation’ in the New Testament Greek, apokalupsis, means an ‘uncovering’ or ‘disclosure’. In other words, God is revealing something by His Spirit that is not known by natural means… its a mystery. There is often a call to action or a need to respond and activate the Word received by the hearer. This is why we place a high priority on seasons of prayer or altar times, to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts when the atmosphere has been shifted in a room or auditorium. This may be to align one’s heart or actions, to pay attention to a timely warning or submit to guidance. When we do not position ourselves for God’s present or future plans, we often miss our opportunity. The consistent results of the prophetic instructions of God are for transformation and breakthrough.

Notice these two examples:

  1. “The children of Issachar, who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel should do… and all their brethren were at their command” (1 Chron. 12:32)
  2. “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.” (Mt. 7:28-29)

Prophetic Preaching Carries Authority:

This authority is not based upon the preacher’s gift, but on the basis of being entrusted with a message from God Himself. Throughout Scripture, the instruction given through a prophet brought breakthrough for God’s people. This included strategic guidance in a time of warfare (2 Chron. 20:14-17), a word of action in crisis (Gen 41:25-46) or a specific declaration of breakthrough (2 Kings 7:1-2). Prophetic preaching is of great value when a shift is needed to bring the Kingdom of God and push back against the darkness that floods our vision.

Empowering the Church:

“Judas and Silas, who themselves were prophets, said much to encourage and strengthen the believers.”  (Acts 15:32)

The outcome of prophetic preaching, just as with all prophetic ministry, is that the Church and its leadership is built up, strengthened and empowered. (1 Cor 14:3-4)

Pray In The Spirit

“For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.” (1 Cor. 14:2)

Something I have noticed in Scripture is that praying in the spirit is equated with the gift of tongues (1 Cor 14:15)(Eph 6:18). The Greek word translated “praying in” can have several different meanings. It can mean “by means of”, “with the help of” or ”in the sphere of” and “in connection to”. Therefore in this context, praying in the spirit is praying from our spirit man, according to the Holy Spirit’s leading. Praying in the spirit means we become alerted to what’s happening around us by way of a nudge inside of our spirit. Note: ”…and to this end be alert or watchful…” (Eph 6:18). 

Holy Spirit Help:

Praying with the Holy Spirit’s help is the essence of real effective prayer (Rom 8:26-28). We can continue to pray with the limits of our own understanding or we can become more effective, more alert and more confident that our prayers are making an impact. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weak prayer lives with groanings and expressions that go beyond our understanding, because He searches our hearts and knows the “mind” of the Spirit. Interesting right! God is a Spirit. We can not connect with Him through our flesh (Jn 4:24), so we pray in the spirit in ways that might seem like mysteries to us, but they are effective in the spiritual realm.

Believers Become Influencers:

I believe there are signs that follow those who believe (Mk 16:17) and one is our language will come under the unction of the Holy Spirit. This is called intercession. I personally experience this many times each week in seasons of prayer, where the Holy Spirit begins to move me into an atmosphere of intercession that is beyond my natural or normal prayer routine.

 

Pray in the spirit

Co-Labourers:

Prayer is all about communion and the way God uses a human vessel that is fully surrendered to Him in fellowship. To minister in the spiritual realm, as a co-labourer with Christ in prayer, is not just the role of the ”super-believer”. Its the privilege of every believer (Eph. 3:10). I consider it to be an honor to remain available to Christ in any way He would so use me. It encourages me to know God will use me if I will make myself available. In fact Scripture speaks often to the idea that if we posture ourselves properly, our prayers will pull His influence into our natural world (Jms. 4:8)(2 Chr. 7:14). He hears the prayers offered in faith and is drawn to those who will commune with Him. As His Kingdom Agents, He allows us to partner with Him to influence our world.

Building Up Our Faith:

So this becomes a valuable platform for our understanding when we read Jude 16-21. Praying in the Holy Spirit will keep us strong in faith and build us up in our spirit man. This platform is in direct contrast to mockers (vs 16), who would have their faith undermined and corrupted by their words. Note that verse 20 tells us to build yourselves up, edify yourself in your most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit. This is alluded to in the Apostle Paul’s teaching (1 Cor 14:14) where we see that our understanding is unfruitful when we pray in tongues. Again, it becomes a faith activity where our spirit man communes with the Holy Spirit and builds us up in faith… our most holy faith.

“What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.” (1 Cor 14:15)

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