Christian fraud Cindy Jacobs, a self-declared prophet of God, explains in Charisma Magazine how someone becomes such a thing and how you can tell when they’re real. It’s a bunch of blather, unsurprisingly, without a single coherent thought. Like this:
A woman who has a prophetic gift tends to pray differently than other people. She may begin by praying a simple prayer of petition. Then, all of a sudden, the tonality of her voice changes. A ring of authority comes. It is as though she has shifted gears in the Spirit as the power of the Holy Spirit energizes the words of her prayer.
When her intercession hits the mark time and time again, she begins to develop confidence that she is actually hearing from God. Eventually she may begin to step forward to share what she is sensing from God at other times.
So how come they never make explicit and specific predictions that can be verified? Why do they, like Jacobs herself, constantly have to claim that they averted something that never happened? It’s like the guy who walks around smacking two pans together to ward of werewolves. And when you ask him about it, he says the fact that there haven’t been any werewolf attacks around him proves that it works.
That’s how it happened for me. When I first began prophesying, I had no idea that what I was doing was prophetic. People at my church just kept asking me to pray for them, and I did.
After a while I began to notice that the things I prayed proved to be accurate, and my prayers were often fulfilled in dramatic ways. I realized that God was giving me supernatural knowledge–I was hearing the voice of God! Since then, I’ve come to recognize and trust His voice all the more.
Typically God doesn’t give me a lengthy prophecy while I’m in prayer. Rather, a name or some other piece of information will come to me. Then, as I open my mouth to pray, I trust God to fill it with the words of intercession that He wants.
Sometimes this kind of praying involves a progressive revelation of the Lord’s will. For example, I was interceding one day and kept hearing a particular man’s name. I heard no other words, yet I felt great alarm for this man–whoever he was.
“Father, protect him. Encourage him,” I prayed. “Don’t let him do something he shouldn’t do.”
The next day I received a request to pray for a well-known traveling evangelist who was suffering great discouragement. His name was the one that had come to me the day before!
From that point on I was able to pray for this man with even greater knowledge. I believe the Lord may have averted a suicide attempt through the prayers of intercessors during this critical period in the evangelist’s life.
You believe this? Did you bother to verify it? And if God speaks directly to you, why don’t you know for sure?