We often misunderstand the Prophetic Word. The problem is part ignorance and part unbelief. Many love the Word to a point but are not getting everything they can out of the promises. There is an Apostolic pattern to be followed, which unlocks the promise. It is designed to see beloved prophetic moments, be more than ‘a moment’. This way, God’s promises will me more than mere words dropping to the ground.
It begins with the realization there is something special about the Prophetic Word. From my earliest days my heart has reverberated with that peculiar frequency we call the prophetic. The nature of the prophetic is it ignites hope and action. Simply put, it stirs the heart to believe. However, once faith has begun to arise, it is now time for faith to agitate the Word. The seed has the DNA of the promise but it is the soil which provides opportunity for the seed to germinate. So as the seed needs soil, the promise needs a believing heart.
Here is what the Hebrew write said regarding those who heard a promise but to were unable to see it through to the end.
“For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.” (Hebrews 4:2)
This is telling us how people lose a promise. It, like any prophetic word, must be nurtured by faith.
Worthy of note is that this Kingdom principle transcends both covenants. It was referring to Old Testament Israel, pointing out why some did not obtain their promises. Yet it is being applied to New Testament Christians. Meaning? For one it means the way we appropriate a promise is the same under either convenant. As we will see, it was certainly something Elijah, perhaps the Old Testament’s greatest prophet, understood well.
Elijah, is in many ways synonymous with the Prophetic. The following is an example of what he did with the Prophetic Word. After prophesying the end of the drought, Elijah told Ahab to run home. Elijah, on the other hand, assumed a position of birthing intercession (1 Kings 18:42). He knew how to see the Word through.
He did not let go of the Word but prayed until evidence of its fulfillment was mounting, sending his servant seven times to look for clouds. Elijah not only believed, he kept the Word by not letting go until it produced according to its kind.
The truth is, once a Word has been given, there is an impartation of a believing glow. Many lose the initial glow within days, but it does not necessarily have to diminish. The Word has to be kept! Like a baker working the dough one must rehearse that Word to keep the ‘glow’ alive. Too often it fades and we go looking for another word. Elijah, like Mary who pondered words in her heart, kept the Word. The fact is, if we really love the Prophetic Word, we will not just revel in its glow, but will see it through to the end.
by: Marc Brisebois