Do You Have the Design of a Prophet?
Updated: Nov 30, 2020
“I knew that was going to happen!”
“I saw that coming.”
“I like this, I don’t like that. This could be so much better.”
“Working backwards, let’s do it this way.”
Welcome to the mind of the prophet.
The prophet sees design. She sees how a thing was made and meant to be, what is excellent, and what is lacking. I say “she” because we’re talking about my wife.
Note: we need to make a distinction between the gifting of a prophet and the office of a prophet in Scripture. Having the prophet gifting means you often think,“If this continues, then this will happen.” It doesn’t mean you routinely prophesy the future. The office and the gift are distinct. You can have another gift and still operate in the office of the prophet.
The prophet sees the world in black and white, right and wrong. They know what they think, and can even annoy themselves with their open and numerous opinions. Prophets can see truth, and they can extrapolate into the future using truth. They can stand on truth alone, with or without the approval of others, for long periods of time.
Prophets enjoy new challenges, but they don’t enjoy maintaining the status quo. If they can’t make it better or start something new, they would rather move on.
Prophets live for a vision, a reason for being. It is crucial that the prophet know where they are going. A prophet without a goal is one grumpy person.
Prophets have a wide emotional range. They experience the highest highs and the lowest lows. They are typically verbal expressive, and they have a high word count to get through each day.
As energetic as they can be, prophets need time alone to process and reenergize.
Prophets love closure. If they are in a situation without resolution, or if they sense confusion, they become agitated.
The sign of a mature prophet is someone who can confront sin with boldness. Her passion for excellence allows her to speak truth to others either for correction, or to give encouragement to those who need clarity. The true sign of maturity is that the prophet gives the first and the best of themselves to God.
When a prophet is carnal or immature they can be judgmental. Because they see truth so well, they often choose truth over relationships, and will hold grievances against people. Because they shift gears quickly based upon truth, they may choose to end a relationship rather than reconcile. As hard they can be on others, most people don’t realize that prophets are hardest on themselves.
Examples of prophets in scripture include:
Peter (Acts 5:29-42) Notice Peter was often first to speak. Also notice his ability to stand on the truth of God’s word against opposition.
Caleb (Joshua 14:6-14) Notice how long Caleb waited from the time Moses declared he would inherit land to the time where he was able to take it.
The lie that Satan wants prophets to believe is this: “I can solve my own problems better than God.”
The birthright of the Prophet is to experience the excellence of God. Having enjoyed that excellence, they are able to introduce other people to it, and rebuild and repair broken people, places, relationships, and situations.
If you are a prophet, here is a prayer tailored to your gifting:
Lord God, thank You for designing me to be a prophet. I thank You for making me love justice and hate wickedness or anything less than Your best.
I repent of any hardness of heart, and ask for You to give me a soft heart. I pray that I would learn to love those around me while keeping my passion for righteousness.
I ask that I would experience Your excellence, and learn to work with You to restore people, places, and things to their original design.
This teaching on the redemptive gifts is in no way my own teaching. I rely heavily on the extensive work of Arthur Burk.
If you would like to dive deeper, this teaching series is a great place to start.