Every active prophet (or pastor, or minister) was at one time an unaware pre-prophet. In other words, everyone in the ministry starts from scratch, they aren’t born a prophet. Amos was an Old Testament prophet who briefly shared his own transition from being a herder and farmer to a prophet:
“Amos answered… ‘I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.
But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”
Now then, hear the word of the Lord…’”
~ Amos 7:14-16
If you are questioning a call to the ministry that is being whispered in the ears of your heart; if you doubt that your heritage and background are sufficient education, experience, and skill to be an effective minister; if you don’t know of any special giftings or talents that He might use; then you are undergoing the same doubts that every called-to-ministry man, woman, youth, and child experiences.
When God calls us to speak for Him through a prophetic service (a mouthpiece for Him) He isn’t depending on any talents or intelligence that we bring to the table. Most likely our doubts are based on the truth: we aren’t smart enough to do it alone.
God calls ordinary people (Pre-Prophets!), He will then provide the message and the anointing. All we bring to the table that is of any value is a surrendered, obedient, and willing heart.
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