They shall know that a prophet has been among them. (Ezekiel 2:5)

We tend to think of a “prophet” as someone who forecasts the future. Of course, some Old Testament prophets did know the future. But being a prophet is a much broader call to proclaim the good news of what God has done, and what he is prepared to do. When you look at it that way, it’s clear that we are all called to be prophets.

Does this sound scary to you? Don’t worry. You have the same Spirit who empowered Ezekiel, Isaiah, Elijah, and all the others. You have all you need to become a prophetic voice in your home and community!

A word of caution, however: A prophet speaks God’s word, and that word comes from the Holy Spirit, not just from the prophet’s own thoughts and imaginings. So the best thing we can do is to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit more and more each day. As we learn how to do this, we’ll begin to hear him speaking to our hearts. We will feel him prompting us to speak to this or that person, and we will get a sense of what we should say—and what we should not say!

How can we tell if something is coming from the Holy Spirit? If the sense you are getting leads you to love Jesus more, to be more compas­sionate, or to be more courageous in evangelizing, it’s probably from the Spirit. If it leads to prideful self-reliance, inappropriate fear, or self-centered frustration, it’s probably from another source. And even if the “good” senses are coming from your own mind, they won’t hurt you. As Jesus promised, “By their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:16).

God doesn’t want to make it hard for us to become prophetic. We just have to step out in faith and test the results. We can light the way for oth­ers, telling them about the abundant life that God has in store for them. And we’ll actually be giving them a glimpse into the future!

“Jesus, pour your Spirit on me so that I can proclaim your salvation.”

Psalm 123:1-4 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Mark 6:1-6