Sycamore Commission: The Prophetic . . . But Why? – Part 3

By: Mike Riches

We are now looking at some biblical purposes for which God employs the prophetic in people’s lives (click here to read). Let’s look at a third purpose: To Give Direction and Courage

A number of years ago, my wife Cindy and I were in a place of transition. We had just resigned the church we had pastored for twenty-four years. We knew the “what” of our next chapter of ministry but now the “how” or “where”. For five months, every time we prayed for direction I received that as the man from Macedonia called out for Paul (Acts 16:9-10) it would be that clear for us.

On the first day of a conference at which I was to speak at in England, I encountered a casual acquaintance, a pastor named Paul. I walked up to him and said, “Hi Paul, it’s good to see you.” He replied, “No, you are Paul, I am a man from Macedonia asking you to come over and help us.” I was stunned at what I had just heard. There was no way he would have known what Cindy and I were wrestling with at that time concerning our future.

The next day Paul found me to apologize for the way he greeted me the day before. He told me that he had no idea why he said what he said and that he was quite embarrassed by it. A day later, a significant church in London contacted us and proposed to sponsor us moving to England. This church had no idea of what Paul had said to me or what we had been praying for five months.

God had provided direction to us in a very supernatural way. Consequently, we received great faith and courage to make this move being confident that it was undoubtedly God’s direction and leading.

The Scriptures provide many demonstrations of God giving people direction and courage by speaking particularly and relevantly to them in their situations (e.g. Saul of Tarsus, Barnabas, and Timothy to name a few; Acts 13:1-3; 1 Timothy 1:18-19).

God still communicates in such particular and relevant ways to provide direction and courage in following Him. What an amazing gift!

In pursuit of Living Free with you,

Mike Riches