When Father speaks to our hearts, it is much like a mountain climb. For there is a change that will take place in our heart, circumstances, situation, and our very lives if we let Father’s words change us from within and then let them guide our actions.
When hikers return from a mountain climb, they want to share about the view, their adventure, and the reflections they had about what they experienced and saw.
I am one of Father’s prophetic intercessors (1 Cor 14:3) and I’ve delivered messages from Father to many different people locally, nationally and globally. All of the messages are coming through my human vessel so they must be tested (1 Thess 5:19-21), weighed (1 Cor 14:29) and the end result seen (Jer 32:6-8).
As a prophetic intercessor, I will spend thousands of hours of my life interceding for churches that need cleansing, marriages that need strengthening, and ministries that need the wind of the Holy Spirit’s fresh empowering. In the hundreds of hours that I’ve already spent interceding, one focus verse that I’ve prayed countless times and challenged many to daily pray is Isaiah 50:4-5.
The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue,
to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.
The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears,
and I have not been rebellious;
I have not drawn back.
What follows in this series, When Father Speaks, are phrases that Father has repeated many times in several different instances, during various intercession assignments He’s given me to complete over the past 17 years. These assignments have lasted anywhere from weeks, to months, to years. I pray this series is both an encouragement and a challenge to you.
Below is a helpful tool I share with others concerning testing prophetic words. If you’re interested in reading further on hearing Father’s voice, Surprised by the Voice of God by Jack Deere is an excellent resource. For more on discerning Father’s voice, read Discord: Voices of Confusion from my 5 Pitfalls While Waiting on His Promises series.
Receiving and Testing a Word of Prophecy
1) Receive seed (truth or prophecy — 1 Cor 14:3) with a humble heart and an open spirit
2) Weigh, test seed (1 Thess 5:19-21, 1 Cor 14:29-33)
3a) Father confirms seed to spirit and heart; plant in heart
3b) Father does not confirm seed; set seed aside (see 5b below)
4) Get counsel from others on words of prophecy shared (Prov 11:14, 15:22)
5a) If truly of Father, He will cause planted seed to grow your heart and to resonate in your spirit, further confirming that the truth or prophecy is from Him
If 3b; 5b) if Father doesn’t go back to those seeds and confirm them in a different way or at a different time, then eventually He will tell you that you can discard that seed (truth or prophecy) as refuse.
When Father Speaks Series
- When Father Speaks