But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or uninformed person enters, he will be convicted by all, he will be called to account by all. The secrets of his heart are disclosed, and in this way he will fall down with his face to the ground and worship God, declaring, “God is really among you.” – 1 Cor. 14:25-26
Paul is so right on! Good prophecy is powerful. When you see it operating well, the person prophesying will speak to the secrets of your heart and bring them to light. You know that it would be impossible for them to know what is in your heart, apart from God.
It is interesting how some people try to explain it away. They often say that the person is using occult powers or fortune telling or witchcraft. They know that what took place was supernatural but they believe God doesn’t do that stuff anymore. They never stop and think – wouldn’t that make the occult more supernatural and more powerful than my God?
Paul says, even an unbeliever can figure that one out. They will believe in God more readily when they see the supernatural gifts of God operating in and through our lives. When someone tells them the secrets of their heart, it deeply impacts them.
Prophecy is a powerful evangelistic gift. Don’t despise it. Instead, as Paul said:
So then, brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid anyone from speaking in tongues. – 1 Cor. 14:39