“But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43)
In the story of Jesus’ birth, although Mary had believed and accepted the message of the Angel Gabriel, she may have still been perplexed as to how the message would become reality. She probably needed some assurance and she went to the right person; Elizabeth, who was a godly relative. Elizabeth’s response to the visit was exactly what Mary needed.
As Mary and Elizabeth met, two prophetic happenings took place. The first was that the baby in Elizabeth’s womb did a leap of joy, as Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. The second was that she prophesied over Mary, confirming the Angel’s message to Mary. She said, “Blessed is the Child you will bear”, and then identified Mary as “the mother of my Lord” (Luke 1:39-45). These were powerful prophetic utterances.
When the baby Jesus was taken to the temple for consecration, an elderly prophet named Simeon spoke prophetically over the child (Luke 2:22-38). Simeon’s message had a threefold value since it also was prophetic for Jesus’ parents and for Simeon himself!
As we reflect on the challenges facing us in an unsteady environment, maybe you too are in need of some prophetic assurance today. Maybe you are waiting expectantly for the Lord to speak to you. God still speaks today, and He can speak prophetically through the scriptures, through a sermon, through a mentor, through a song and maybe even through this devotional! Will you be sensitive to His voice?
I remember an occasion when I was ministering at a church in Australia. After the service, the Pastor hosted me for dinner. As we were enjoying the meal together, he spoke a word that was clearly a prophetic message for my future ministry. Today, I have seen that message, conveyed around a dinner table at a restaurant, become a reality. God still speaks prophetically.
So, are you ready to receive God’s prophetic word for this season of your life? Will you be sensitive to His voice?
Let’s also remember a vital truth in closing. Yes, God still speaks prophetically in different ways. However,the Word of God still remains the most reliable prophetic voice for His children.