One benefit of being a believer is that we have the ability to communicate directly with God. We can speak to Him and He speaks to us—more often and in more ways than we sometimes realize. There’s another benefit to being a believer that we may want to use more often. We have the ability to receive information from Him while simultaneously communicating that revelation to others through what I call prophetic writing. Let’s begin the discussion with something a little more familiar to most people.
When we speak in tongues, our speech is inspired by the Holy Spirit. We speak what the Spirit wants us to speak, bypassing our own thought processes. The inspired speech is spoken in a language we don’t (usually) understand. When believers learn to speak in tongues, they often report that it helps to simply open their mouth and begin speaking, while anticipating (an exercise of faith) that God will fill their mouth with his words.
A similar process is used when we prophesy. When believers prophesy (as with tongues) they often report that the flow of revelation comes when they begin speaking. We speak, anticipating that God will inspire our words.
But what about writing?
I’ve learned over the years, that the exact same thing can happen when I write. I often find that as I sit at my writing desk, if I anticipate that the Holy Spirit will give me something to write, He does. I receive thought impressions and visual images in my mind and write them as I receive them. Prophetic writing isn’t spooky or weird. It’s pretty normal. And with a little practice, it can become a beautiful way to communicate God’s heart to others.
I’m not suggesting that the writings of a person operating under the inspiration of the Spirit today carry the same kind of authority the writers of the scriptures had. They do not. But the process is similar, even if the level of authority is not.