1 Corinthians 14:1 – Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
Paul stresses the importance of prophecy throughout chapter fourteen. He does this for a number of reasons. The Bible makes it clear that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10). Moses cried out, “I would that all of the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them” (Numbers 11:29)! All of God’s people can prophesy because the promise of the Father to send the Holy Spirit has been fulfilled. The Spirit of God is present and He wants to release His gift of prophecy. Paul declares that all prophecy in the church is for the purpose of “edification, exhortation, and comfort” (1 Corinthians 14:4).
The Lord delights in speaking His Word through His chosen vessels. Men and women throughout the Old Testament spoke of the great things God planned to do through His people in Messiah’s Day. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Anointed One who has opened the way for all God’s people to be used of the Lord. The Father promised His Son that He would give the Holy Spirit to all who believed on Christ. The same Spirit who spoke the Word in the Old Testament is now indwelling believers with the purpose of speaking and confirming the Word of God to a lost world.
Paul teaches that we “can all prophesy, one by one, so that all may learn, and all may be exhorted” (1 Corinthians 14:31). It pleases the Father when His children desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. The choice belongs to us, because God has already expressed His will in the matter. Prophecy is a gift that is meant to be expressed in the local church setting. It can also be quite effective when ministering to an individual through prayer or even counseling.
Today, ask the Holy Spirit to activate the gift of prophecy in your life. Pray about the gift of prophecy on a regular basis. Expect God to begin to speak to you and give you words to minister to others as you open your mouth for His glory.