Writing is a skill capable of being developed and enhanced with practice. Likewise, the call to write prophetically is perfected through an ongoing relationship with the Great communicator, God.
In today's teaching I we will focus on three R's essential to answering the call to write prophetically. Yes, there is such a thing as a call to write. When a person is called to a specific assignment, the call will find the individual, rather than the person finding the call. This is, also true for those called to serve as a prophet. The three R's are extracted from the prophet Samuel's call, found in 1 Samuel 3.
One thing you will discover is those who have the gift of writing will write everyday (or just about everyday). Writing prophets write... A LOT and it is not tied to authoring a book! So, how do you know if you are called to write? The three R's will help you to unravel a portion of this call.
Recognize. The first way to answer the call to write prophetically is the ability to recognize God's voice above all others. When Samuel awakened to his call as a prophet he had to recognize that it was God calling him and not Eli.
So the LORD called Samuel again for the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli discerned that the LORD was calling the boy (v. 8)
God often calls the writing prophet by interrupting his or her thoughts with a message or a picture. This message is often heard during a time of journaling, prayer, praise, or worship.
Respond. The second way to answer is to recognize God's calling and then respond. The response begins by waiting on God to speak and then stewarding the words spoken. To steward a word, the writing prophet should write down the message, date, and, if necessary time stamp the message. God will confirm His word as the individual stewards them.
And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Then the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening (v. 9-10).
Release. The third or final R is to release. The words God gives are released in one or two ways: 1) through prayer and intercession by, 2) writing to share with others. As the writing prophet develops his or her ability to hear God the confirmation may come so quickly that the only thing released is prayer and intercession. If a word is released to share with others it is so others can participate in praying and intercession to thwart, eliminate, reduce, and/or cancel the plans of the enemy.
If you are called to write prophetically allow God to develop you. He will show you when and how to release the words He gives. Be blessed and encouraged as you write prophetically.