Prophetic Preparation for Office of Prophet
Les D. Crause
What the Office of Prophet Is
The prophet is one who hears from God and speaks forth His Word into the earth. When he speaks it forth, it is sent as a creative word as described by Isaiah the prophet
Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall succeed [in the thing] for which I sent it.
When the prophet of God makes a declaration he does not simply predict or indicate the will of God, but he literally speaks forth a decree into the earth. And that word is sent forth in power to make things happen. So it is very important therefore that the prophet hears correctly before he opens his mouth. And that takes a bit of training and development. He must distinguish his own burden and prejudices from the pure word of God.
So God puts the prophet through a prophetic preparation that causes him to come to a place where he cannot rely on his natural abilities. Even his ability to hear the voice of God must be put in question, that he may never boast in himself.
Prophetic Preparation for the Office of Prophet
Lets look then at prophetic preparation. One of the best passages that describes this is found in Pauls second letter to the Corinthians.
2 Corinthians 4:
8 [We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in
For many who are called to the Office of Prophet there is an excitement at the prospect of becoming one who speaks for God and stands forth as one elevated to such an office. You expect God to grant great and wonderful revelations, and as you speak them forth people will stand in awe and wonder and wish they had the privilege you have been given.
But for most who receive this call, there comes a sudden shock when they find themselves being rejected, despised and ostracized because of their ministry. This process is called prophetic preparation.
Prophetic Preparation Stage 1: Everything goes wrong
[We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed;
You are starting to enter into the prophetic preparation phase for the office of prophet. And the first sign of this is when everything in your life starts to go wrong. You know what it is like when you get up in the morning and it is one of those days when you wish you had stayed in bed. Everything you touch turns sour. Your family members all seem to be against you. Your spouse starts to fight with you. And when you arrive at work the boss and your fellow workers seem to pick up on it. You go to church hoping for some relief and the Pastor and other church members seem to have caught the vision too, and feel they have been called to put you in your place.
But the Scripture tells you that you do not need to be distressed. When all this starts to happen you dont have to throw your hands up in despair and give up. You realize that the Lord is in a most wonderful way, starting to make you into a vessel that is fit for His use.
Prophetic Preparation Stage 2: The Prophet's emotions are challenged.
[we are] perplexed, but not in despair
Once your emotions have been put out of action, the next thing that God has to deal with is your ability to figure your way out of things. One of the things that often stands in the way of the prophet clearly hearing the voice of God is the voice of his own mind. Your mind has a habit of subjecting everything you receive from the spirit to its own close scrutiny and analysis. You try to reason out what God is saying and why He is saying it, and try to make sense of the Word He has given you. But this tendency, especially in those who are prone to the analytical temperamental traits, can become a great hindrance to the pure flow of prophetic revelation.
But once again, you do not have to end up in despair. All that is happening is that the Lord is trying to get your attention. He is trying to tell you that you cannot rely on your natural mental capabilities. He wants you to realize that your ability to be a prophet has nothing to do with your keen mind.
Prophetic Preparation Stage 3: Prophets in Training are Persecuted
Persecuted, but not forsaken
As if all of that is not bad enough, the next thing you find appearing in your life is opposition from people who you thought would support you. Of course you expected opposition from the world. You probably even expected it from those who are not walking closely with the Lord. But that is not where this stage of prophetic preparation comes from. It comes from those who are the closest to you, and from whom you expected the greatest support and understanding.
And do you know what happens when people start to persecute you? They force you to do what they think is right, and they prevent you from doing what you want to do. In other words, your free will is put out of action. The first two things we spoke of put your emotions and your mind out of action. Now this one puts your will out of action. That means that emotions, mind and will are all put on hold. These are the three functions of the soul, and when they are all blocked, your soul life is put out of action and brought to a condition of death. Welcome to prophetic preparation!
Prophetic Preparation Stage 4: Need for Recognition brought to Death
cast down, but not destroyed
Well you might think that all we have looked at so far is about as much as any person can take, but I have some bad news for you. Prophetic Preparation is not over. Because you see, the self-life that is in you is still alive and well. And although you might be forced to walk humbly before the Lord, there still remains that deep inner need for recognition. It is the one thing that drives us all to achieve in this life. We push ourselves beyond our limits at times, so that we can somehow succeed and receive the rewards of our success recognition from man.
Is this pride? Not necessarily. It is just the way we are. It is the deep cry for recognition from others. And the acclaim that comes with being praised for your efforts makes it worth all the time and labor you spent getting there. Without this motivation few would ever succeed in anything in life. But for the prophet, this motivation must bow to the call of God and the faithful proclamation of the Word.
Whichever form it takes, be sure that this phase of prophetic preparation will happen to you. Why? So that your ministry can never depend on or be influenced by your need for recognition. The Lord does not want to take away this thing from you. In fact He delights in giving you all the recognition you deserve. But like all other things, it must first be brought to the cross.
Ready to be a Prophet Now? Prophetic Preparation Continues
Am I ready to be a prophet now? Well almost, but not quite. You see although the soulish life is the greatest hindrance to hearing clearly from the Spirit of God that dwells in your spirit, it is not simply the soul that is the problem. It is the tendency of the soul to submit to the body instead of the spirit. This is what the Bible calls walking in the flesh.
When the natural bodily desires of nourishment, reproduction and self-preservation come to dominate our lives, they give rise to covetousness, lust and bitterness. So the body must also be brought into subjection. It is likely that you will be led into a situation that could cause your body to come under attack. And you will find yourself facing situations where you cannot eat the food that you desire. Where you cannot fulfill the passions even in marriage, and where you are unable to defend yourself. You end up like the Scriptures describe Jesus, a sheep dumb before its shearers, a lamb being led to the slaughter. Prophetic Preparation will bring your body to complete submission to the spirit.Query has failed