13 Jan Day 9: Prophecy
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith (Romans 12:6)
The definition we have been using at Citylight is that prophecy is a “spontaneous prompting of the Holy Spirit, subjected to the authority of Scripture, who speaks for the upbuilding, encouragement, and consolation of the church.” (Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, Wayne Grudem).
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:5 that the goal of prophecy is “so that the church may be built up.” Proverbs 10:11 says “the mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life.” This is what biblical prophecy does. It is a fountain of life bringing about encouragement, courage, or conviction and it comes from the mouth of the righteous, from those pursuing the way of the Lord and being sensitive to His voice. Remember in our core value 4, we are led by the Spirit, the two core things were that we should be surrendered to His Will and sensitive to His voice. The second part is our focus for today. Let us all pursue nearness to the Lord so we can be sensitive to His voice. How might He be leading you to build up the church by giving a word of encouragement at just the right time? How might He be leading you to build up the church by giving a word of challenge at just the right time? How might He be leading you to build up the church by giving a word of comfort at just the right time? Is He putting someone on your heart now to text/call/ or go meet with? Let’s be sensitive to His voice during these 21 days and see how He might lead us to build up the body.
- Pray that God would help you live under the authority of His Word and that He would increase your desire for His Word, so you can speak on His behalf with clarity and truth. Ask God if there is something you can say to encourage someone specifically.
- Pray that God would help us be a church who exercises the gift of prophecy with wisdom and love. That it would be used to build up the body and that everyone in our church would have a mouth that is a fountain of life.
- Pray that the city would hear the Lord speaking to them as we proclaim the Gospel and communicate the word of God to them. Pray that the city would be built up as they come to faith in Christ and participate in the blessing of being a part of His church.