Prophetic evangelism is sharing the Good News about Jesus with people, using the means of prophetic revelation.
I have come to realise that God wants to use our gifts in every arena of life, not just in ministry in the church.
The gift of prophecy, when used in the process of evangelism, is a powerful way that we can partner with the Holy Spirit to lead people to faith in Jesus.
Over the last few days, I have been thinking about Jesus statement: ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing.’ (John 5:19)
It seems so simple, and yet so profound. It is the basis that Jesus lived and ministered from—and holds a vital key for us today.
Seeing the way Jesus Sees
In John 4, the disciples returned from buying lunch and saw that Jesus had been speaking with a lone Samaritan woman. They wondered why Jesus had crossed cultural and religious boundaries to speak with her. No doubt they were shocked at His social impropriety.
Jesus, however, saw the situation differently to the way His disciples did. He looked at the Samaritan woman and saw a precious soul in need of a Saviour—and a city won to God.
He said to His astonished followers,
‘”My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.’ (John 4:34-35)
Jesus had the ability to look beyond the situation or person that He was presented with. He knew whether or not that person was someone the Father was ministering to at that time.
Another time, Jesus drew one man out of a crowd of disabled and ill people who were gathered at the Bethesda Pool, and healed him. In response to criticism of this healing being done on the Sabbath, Jesus said,
‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing.’ (John 5:19)
The Power of Focus
It seems that faced with numerous options as to how to spend His time and particularly, who to focus on, Jesus limited Himself to doing those things that He ‘saw the Father doing.’
Sometimes I feel guilty or inadequate because I do not have the personal resources or time to meet the needs of every person I come across.
But Jesus’ example assures me that success in ministry in general and evangelism in particular, does not come from spreading myself thin, but in focusing on what God is doing at any given time.
What freedom! Truly, His ‘yoke is easy and His burden is light.’ (Matt 11:30)
How did Jesus see what the Father was Doing?
This week I have asked myself the question, ‘If Jesus did what He saw the Father doing, how did He receive that revelation?
I used to imagine that when Jesus had His prayer times, the Father would show Him in open prophetic vision what His plans were, and who Jesus needed to spend time with. Somehow, the level of prophetic revelation that Jesus walked in always seemed unattainable to me.
But what if the way Jesus was able to see what the Father was doing IS attainable to us? What if the way that the Father guided Jesus is the same way He wants to guide you and me—any Spirit-filled believer—today?
Prayer is the Starting Place
The prophet Habakkuk said,
‘I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me.’ (Hab 2:1)
In order to be effective in prophetic evangelism, we need to put ourselves in a place where we can see what the Father is doing, and that begins with prayer. Prayer is the primary way we connect to God.
As we pray, we can receive prophetic revelation about what God is doing in the lives of people around us. I have received scriptures, visions, insights and feelings about what God wants to do in the lives of people around me at different times.
Seeing what God is doing after we have Prayed
However, ‘seeing what the Father is doing’ only begins with our prayer times. It continues as we commune with God in our daily life.
Here are some more things I am learning to look out for:
1. Being alert to what happens next after I have prayed—in other words, actually believing God is answering my prayer! Who is God bringing into my life or across my path?
2. Learning to look past what I see with my natural sight, to what God is seeing. Being aware that I can be derailed by prejudice, by the hurriedness of my life, by my insecurity.
3. Holding on to my own agenda or expectations lightly.
4. Realising that God often works through happenstance—seeming coincidences and interruptions to show me what He is doing.
I am learning not to limit God. There are many ways that He can show me what He is doing. One time, a scripture verse emailed from our church office prompted me to visit a friend. The timing of that visit set in motion a chain of events that would bring my friend closer to faith in Jesus.
This week, I’m going to ask, Father, what are You doing? What are You doing in ____’s life right now? How can I join with You?
In the next post, we will look more closely at the part that prayer plays in the process of prophetic evangelism.
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