He (Philip) had four unmarried daughters who prophesied. – Acts 21:9 While we remained there for a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. He came to us, took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it, and said, “The Holy Spirit says this: ‘This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will tie up the man whose belt this is, and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’” – Acts 21:10-11
The New Testament church made room for the gifts of the prophets. I love that here we see four unmarried girls prophesying. God loves women. He anoints them as well as men. He gives them gifts just like men. Let them prophesy!
Agabus is mentioned several times and the church responds to His messages. The body of Christ needs healthy prophets. We need that gift and anointing to operate within the local church. It operated in the New Testament church, and it was never meant to stop.
1 Thessalonians 5:20 tells us to not despise prophesying. When we do so we quench the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit. We are then told to test the spirits.
One reason that some despise prophecy is that they have seen unhealthy prophets. They have heard those who, out of their own pain and rejection, began to prophesy in anger. There are those who prophesy of their own imagination or add their own interpretation to what God tells them. Just because some are not healthy doesn’t give us a right to reject the gift from operating in our gatherings.
Lord, raise up prophets in our day. Raise up prophetesses. We want to have a biblical expression of the church in our city.