Tue 11 May 2010
You did it! You have a prophetic word, picture, scripture or thought that you believe is from God for your non-Christian friend or family member. How do you share it?
Prophetic Evangelism: How to Share a Message from God
In the context of church life, we understand that prophecy is subject to being weighed up (1 Cor 13:9, 1 Thess 5:20-21). So generally, we don’t preface a prophecy with ‘Thus saith the Lord,’ and neither should we when we have a prophetic insight for someone who is not a Christian believer.
You can frame a word that you believe God has given you for an unbeliever with a question like, “Does ___ mean anything to you?” or, “I’ve been praying for you and I believe God is saying, ___.”
Remember that your objective is to build a bridge, not to burn your bridges! This is especially true when the person you are bringing a prophetic word to is someone you know personally and not a stranger. So you should bring a prophecy sensitively and in a relaxed manner.
I have also found it helpful to give a brief explanation about what a prophecy is, and to encourage them to consider it and even pray about it!
A genuine word from God will hit the spot, even when you bring it tentatively. This is because:
1. You are sharing something that you could only know by supernatural means, and
2. The Holy Spirit will bring impartation or conviction with a word that originates from God
Recently, I preceded bringing a prophetic word to a couple of young guys by saying, “If this is me, you’ll be able to brush it off, but if this is God, it will lodge.”
A Prophecy Will Point People to Jesus
To share a word that you believe is from God takes faith and involves risk. When deciding what to share, remember that God’s word to an unbeliever or backslidden Christian will be like a signpost.
A prophecy will point or lead them to Jesus. It will always be redemptive. It’s going to have the mark of the Gospel on it. In other words, it will reflect God’s desire to save them, turn the direction of their lives around, and transform their mess into a testimony of God’s goodness.
It will convey the message that God is personally interested in them, that He loves them and has a destiny and a purpose for them.
1 Cor 14:24-25 says,
‘But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”
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