The chief aim of prophecy is to strengthen, encourage and comfort others. Paul encourages the church in Corinth to let love be your highest goal, but also to eagerly desire the gifts of the spirit, especially prophecy. It’s because, when done in love the person on the receiving end will feel loved. Who doesn’t want to be encouraged, strengthened or comforted?
Paul also says, that now, we know in part and we prophesy in part. This means that usually nothing we say will be 100% from God. We will get it wrong sometimes, and we may get it partly right other times. That’s why we remain humble, test words and keep the whole enterprise low-key and in community. Naturally supernatural as the Vineyard has come to describe this approach.
Today, let’s ask God for an encouraging, strengthening or comforting word for someone. You can do this at church as we gather, or anywhere else you happen to go today.
“But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.” 1 Cor 14:3