By Dan McCollam
Special Guest at The House on Saturday, Jan. 19th
“In 1839, English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote the famous words, ‘The pen is mightier than the sword.’ Words written down have truly shaped the mindsets of generations and turned the course of nations. Among all written words, none compares with the Bible.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
God’s Word is alive. It radically alters those who hear and choose to do it. The Word itself has the power to penetrate into the deepest part of the human heart. It is no wonder it is also a powerful tool for prophetic ministry. Perhaps that is why Jesus quoted from the Old Testament Scriptures 78 times in His public ministry. The preaching of Jesus is so laced with prophecy that it is difficult, and probably not necessary, to separate the two. It suffices to say that the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ validates the practice of quoting Scripture as a means of prophetic encouragement.
Scripture also cites the use of non-biblical sources for ministry. When Nathan the Prophet was confronting King David, he used a prophetic story, or parable, to prepare the king’s heart to receive the word from the Lord. Likewise, Paul quoted a modern poet of the day when ministering to the group at Mars Hill.
These examples give us context for using creative writing in all its forms to convey a prophetic word.
Prophesying Using Written Words
Memorizing Scripture is a great way to prepare yourself for prophetic ministry. From what you have memorized, God can quicken your heart to share a specific word with an individual. You can also read devotionally each day, not only to get a fresh word for your own life, but also to equip yourself to minister to others.
Prophesy through Creative Writing
Sharing something that you have written requires a lot of vulnerability. Because of this, when people have the opportunity to read something in your presence which you have written, they are usually more open, tender, and caring in how they respond. This vulnerability of the creator and the reader creates a great opening for giving and receiving prophetic ministry.”
An excerpt from Basic Training for Prophetic Activation by Dan McCollam, available here.
About Dan McCollam
Dan McCollam empowers worshippers worldwide to understand and release the transformational effect of worship on individuals, families, cities, and nations. Dan is the founding director of Sounds of the Nations and the (iWAR) Institute for Worship Arts Resources training and equipping worshippers to write and record praise and worship songs in their own style, language, and ethnic sound. For more information on Dan McCollam and these ministries visit www.iwarschool.com or www.soundsofthenationsafrica.com
Join Dan McCollam at The House on Saturday, January 19th for the 6:45pm service!