The Prophetic . . . But Why? – Part 6

Praying through the storm

By Mike Riches

We have been looking at some biblical purposes for which God employs the prophetic in people’s lives (click here to read the previous). Let’s look at a sixth purpose.

To Prepare for Difficulties and Trials

We see many times throughout the Scriptures that God warns His people of challenging times that await them.  It certainly helps to be fore-warned, for then a person or team can be better prepared and equipped so as to navigate what lies ahead in a faith-filled and faithful manner.

In the Old Testament, Pharaoh was warned in a dream that seven years of famine would come. Appropriate preparations were able to be made. The Early Church was warned through a prophet named Agabus of a famine that would come, and the Early Church responded accordingly.

Paul knew that an arrest and imprisonment awaited him in Jerusalem and eventually Rome.  And as a result he was prepared.

Acts 20:22-23 (NLT) “And now I am going to Jerusalem, drawn there irresistibly by the Holy Spirit, not knowing what awaits me, except that the Holy Spirit has told me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead.

A number of years ago, through times of prayer, and a couple of dreams, my wife and I received a distinct sense that a time of great difficulty was coming our way.  We also received an impression that we were to stand strong in the time that would come, as unforeseen opportunities would emerge through the difficult time.

We certainly had no idea what these words meant at the time. And we had no idea how difficult and challenging things would become for us.  But I often referred to the “heads-up” from God that we had received during that time for strength and perspective.

By the way, we could not have foreseen the amazing opportunities that were birthed out of that season of challenge and difficulty. And a decade later we are still living and rejoicing in those opportunities.

I so value God’s speaking to us, so as to prepare us for the challenging seasons in our lives. The advantages are invaluable!

In pursuit of Living Free with you,

Mike Riches