Wade E. Taylor
“He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness,
Make straight the way of the Lord, as the prophet Isaiah
said.” John 1:23.
Today, there is an urgent need for those who hear from the
Lord and then speak only that which they have heard. Thus,
each one of us who sincerely desires to be used of the Lord
should earnestly seek to become prophetic.
Our being prophetic is more than being able to prophesy.
Rather, it has to do with an abiding prophetic anointing.
This relates to our being able to hear and then respond to
the revelatory word, as the Lord directs.
The Word tells us that “we may all prophesy."(I
Cor 14:31). This is the gift of prophecy. We should both desire
and diligently seek this gift. Some say that we should not
seek the gifts, but rather the Giver." But the Word says
"But covet earnestly the best gifts, and yet show
I unto you a more excellent way." I Cor 12:31.
The Old Testament tells us, “thou shalt not covet,"
but concerning gifts, the New Testament instructs us to “earnestly
covet” the gifts. Thus, with intense desire and zeal,
we are to seek to be used in the gifts.
The more excellent “way” that Paul speaks of
is not that there is something better than the gifts. That
would be a more excellent “thing.” Rather, the
“more excellent way” is the manner in which we
use the gifts. They are to be used in love, not seeking any
personal recognition or gain.
Along with our coveting to becoming prophetic, we also should
make ourselves available to the Lord as an intercessor. We
are living in the time of the closing out of the Church age
and the birthing of the Kingdom age. At this present time,
there is an urgent need for intercessors.
There are intercessors today who are becoming “pregnant”
with the burden of the Lord to birth the visitation that will
lead into the closing out of the Church age, the coming judgments
upon the nations, and the birthing of the Kingdom age.
In each of these areas of ministry, we must be anointed in
order to be effective. The “anointing” is the
ability to communicate and be productive concerning the realm
of the Spirit. If we are anointed, then whatever we do, we
will do it better. But for us to be anointed does not just
happen. Rather, it also must be earnestly coveted, as it is
a gifting from the Lord.
The anointing relates to the talents that the Lord gives,
which vary, as we differ in our natural makeup and abilities.
Whether we have five, two, or one (Matt 25:14-30), these talents
are the spiritual “tools” that are given to help
us accomplish the purpose of the Lord. These gifts will increase
in quality and effectiveness as we “spend,” or
use them. This includes the anointing that we have been given
for the operation of these gifts.
Those who spent, or use these giftings (talents) that they
had received from the Lord were rewarded. Only the one who
withheld through fear was judged. There is an active warfare
against all those who are prophetic, and those who function
in intercession, because of their effectiveness.
The enemy is quick to tell us that it is selfish to seek
for ourselves, and that instead, we should be busy doing for
others. But we must consider that we cannot give what we do
not have. Thus, we must withstand the enemy, and also spend
quality time in the presence of the Lord.
There were ten virgins who received “giftings”
from the Lord. Each of these took their lamp (their gifting)
and went forth. But only five sought to maintain and increase
this gifting (oil - anointing).
We have a part in the quality of that which we share. We
are “His workmanship, created unto good works.”
Eph 2:10. These “good works” are those things
which will equip us to properly function in all that the Lord
seeks to accomplish through us.
Because the Lord delayed His coming, the foolish did not
maintain their supply of oil and were found wanting. When
the time came to be lifted into the place of spiritual authority,
the foolish were not ready.
But the Word tells us that we are to “covet earnestly"
the gifts. That is, we are to “go after more.”
To do this, we must set apart time to wait upon the Lord.
As we spend quality time in His presence, the level of our
oil (anointing and gifting) will substantially increase.
Many are called, but few will pay the price of spending quality
time in His presence, in order to be chosen. Therefore, we
must guard our spirits in order to maintain an openness, or
a sensitivity to the Lord’s voice and presence.
We must seek after, and greatly value, our being in the place
where we are available to be used by the Lord as He desires,
and be properly equipped to be effective in the outworking
of His purposes.