Prophecy in Scripture

I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied. —1 Corinthians 14:5

For you can all prophesy.—1 Corinthians 14:31

The three purposes of simple prophecy. There are to bring edification, exhortation, and comfort to people: “He who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men” (1 Cor. 14:3).


Edification speaks of spiritually building or edifying one’s spirit in different ways, such as confirming their destiny or God’s purpose for their life. A practical way to do this is by giving people a scripture. Often the scripture you give them will have been previously important to them. When this happens, it confirms that God is speaking to them. Edification includes assuring people that God will touch their heart or grant a breakthrough in a specific area of their life. It may simply declare that God is with them, or it may confirm a secret in their heart about a past event, dream, or something God previously told them. It may speak of a breakthrough in salvation or healing for their family.

We also speak comfort by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This refers to giving them God’s perspective in context to a disappointment or setback in their life. This provides confirmation or assurance that helps them stay focused and faithful to do God’s will.

Simple prophecy includes exhorting people to persevere instead of giving up on God’s promises in hard times or giving in to sin during temptation. By the Holy Spirit we exhort them to persevere in their calling and in righteousness.

–Mike Bickle, Growing in the Prophetic



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