Saturday, June 16, 2012

How to Become a Prophet, What The Bible Teaches 1 Samuel 3:9

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The Bible says to desire the higher gifts like the gift of prophecy. What instruction does the Bible give on how to become a prophet?

"So Eli told Samuel, "Go and lie down, and if he calls you say, speak Lord, for your servant is listening." 1 Samuel 3:9, NIV.

This may be the primary verse directed to a prophet on prophet training.

Samuel was a boy living in the tabernacle, where the people of Israel would worship and sacrifice to God. He heard a voice waking him calling his name in the night. He goes to the high priest who sends him back to bed; but the third time Eli realizes God is calling to Samuel and Eli gives Samuel the crash course in being a prophet, the only such instructions in the Bible.

It is significant that Samuel lived in the tabernacle, the place of worship and service since it is in the place of worship that we are readied to develop the gifts that God gives us; for the ultimate purpose of our spiritual gifts are to worship and serve God

Eli's instruction was essentially a prayer. Prayer is critical to seeking anything from God, more so if it is a spiritual gift. We need to pray and ask again and again for the gift, if we truly desire it we must persist in prayer.

An illustration for a blog on Bible subjects.
What Does The Bible Say About Becoming A Prophet
"Speak Lord." We must be obedient to God. Jesus put it this way, "Why call me Lord Lord and do not do the things I say?" (Luke 6:46).  If we are not obedient to the former we cannot expect the next blessing.

The purpose of the gift is not to promote yourself but service, all the spiritual gifts are for service to God and to his church.

In today's world, we do not listen.  We don't listen to each other or to God. We need to take moments daily and stop and listen to what God has for us.
  • Some people practice a discipline of silence in prayer as part of their daily worship; it is a time of quiet waiting for God to speak. 
  • Some people read their Bibles with the attitude and expectation that God can and will speak to them through his Word. 
  • Some people have an attitude of listening throughout the day where conversation is lived out with God.
  • Some people take time in their day when to stop their busyness to wait quietly and ask God to speak to them.
Books have been written on the spiritual gift of prophecy but the Bible says little about it because God is not a God of live by recipe but a God of relationships; we must each find God's will for us personally.

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