It was November 1992 and I was alone in our apartment, Darrell had left town on a hunting trip and as a new bride for the first time since our wedding I was alone. I pulled out my Bible and sat quietly before The Lord and began to pray. I think it was just a normal prayer, I don’t remember it being anything unusual, I began to pray in the Spirit and soon I was scribing in my journal the things God was speaking…
That day prophetic prayer changed my life! God spoke ‘You will be a mother soon’ and within two months I was pregnant with our first daughter. From that day forward, prophetic prayer became a way of life.
Over the years, I sought The Lord in many different ways, quietly worshiping, boldly proclaiming, quoting His word and when words weren’t enough and allowing His Spirit to pray through me. It is from those times I had a front row seat in watching my family become established, lives changed, relationships mended, babies born, nations shaped, hearts healed and grace received. It is like being a part of the supporting cast of your favorite play; you see the lead actors filling their roles knowing in some scenes you will be used as a catalyst that directs the storyline in a new direction.
A few years had passed, it was 3 AM, and I was awake again. It seemed like I had been waking up at 3 AM for weeks (I am sure it was only days) but after repeatedly being awakened in the night I was getting frustrated with my inability to sleep. I crawled out of bed, humphed myself down before The Lord and asked Him why I was awake and if He had anything to do with it. He led me to Isaiah 50:4, 5
“The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away.”
There it was, my early wake up calls were so I could take those same things I was hearing in prayer and begin to speak them to weary hearts. The choice to hear and the choice to speak were mine, courage and boldness would be much needed attributes.
Over the next few weeks, I would meet The Lord at 3 AM and listen attentively all He had to say to me as well as what He had to say to those around me. The first time He asked me to speak, I was shaking to my core, nervous, anxious, unsure. But God, in HIs kind and gentle ways, continued to whisper to my heart that it was time to speak. So, I gathered all the courage I could muster and declared what I sensed The Lord was saying. Lightning didn’t strike, the earth didn’t tremble, and I was still standing when it was over. I prophesied according to my faith and God met me there, right in the middle of it all.
Our ability to hear God is a promise we can receive, His word declares we are His sheep and His sheep hear His voice (John 10:27).
John 16:13 reminds us that our advocate, the Holy Spirit, is the Spirit of truth and He comes to us to guide us into all truth and tells us things to come.
Jeremiah 33:3 says when we call to God, He will answer and show us great and mighty things, we have not seen or heard.
We are commissioned us to pursue love, desire spiritual gifts, but especially that we prophesy in 1 Corinthians 14:1.
As believers we have the ability to hear God and know the plans He has for us, our families, our neighbors and our nation. God wants for us to be a prophetic voice to those around us, to speak on behalf of His people, He wants women of faith to rise up and declare His promises. He wants to see His Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven.
Begin to speak His Word over your life and ask Him to reveal to you His destiny; He longs to give you a glimpse of your future!