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Daily Devotion | Ulf Ekman
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The Gift of Prophecy

And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.
Acts 2:18
The gift of prophecy is given to all people in the new covenant. Of all the gifts, we are to seek prophecy most earnestly. “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy” (1 Corinthians 14:1). Prophecy serves a very important function. It builds up, encourages and comforts the Church. “But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church” (1 Corinthians 14:3-4).

Prophecy speaks about the future but not only that. Prophecy is a supernatural word, inspired by the Spirit of God, spoken right into a particular situation. At times we have focused too much on how and when prophecy should be given, but this is not most important. The most important is what is said. What is the message? What is the content of the prophecy? A single word from heaven can transform a person’s life forever. In times of darkness and discouragement, a word of prophecy can give new life. Darkness disappears, and light beams forth again.

One word from heaven can dispel any number of problems. Prophecy contains words of spirit and life. The vision given by the prophetic word has the power to become a reality when it is received by faith. Prophecy is a personal greeting with a supernatural element, recognizable only by the person to whom it is given. The Lord has the ability to communicate in a highly personal manner by stating details and expressing things in a specific way. When things that no one apart from the Lord knows about are mentioned in a prophetic word, we feel His compassion and love. Then it becomes much easier to receive and believe the prophetic word. And when the prophetic word becomes a reality, our wonder and thankfulness grow like never before.


Thank You, Lord, for every prophetic word that has reached, blessed and encouraged me. Help me to develop the prophetic gift You have given me, for You desire that we all should prophesy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.