Let’s Talk About Prayer, Politics and Prophecy

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Let’s Talk About Prayer, Politics and Prophecy

By Rev. Mrs. Wambui Njoroge, M. Sc

As many know well, this is the season for prayer, prophecy, and politics. Not too long ago, with a fellow minister, we were discussing God’s will and what people are supposed to do. She highlighting that God has given all the votes to the citizens. Therefore, we concluded that if all the votes are in the hands of the citizens, all the eligible voters must pray for guidance, participate in the outreach of getting the vote out, and go and vote on the announced date. This is what I call Pray. Do and Go.

When individuals are confronted with many choices, some say they want to hear a WORD from the Lord.  When people have a hard time to decide, it is fine to look for that word. As a result, during this season, we have many well intended individuals that will say, “Thus says the Lord.” Certainly, we are aware that God speaks to His people, but he is not just a passive megaphone.  Therefore, “Thus says the Lord” should not be used as magic words to intimidate or confuse citizens. In the scriptures, believers are cautioned to take heed or beware that no man deceive you. Know that in the last days there will be false teachers and prophets.  Read again “many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:11). Tip #1: Do not despise prophecy.

What is the relationship of prayer, politics, and prophecy?

Prayer:  as we know it, is a request for help or expression to things addressed to God or Supernatural. It is offered with earnest hope that God will answer a prayer request. You see we are a faith people who depend upon God as we make decisions that matter concerning our lives as well as the nation. So, it is natural for many people to engage in national prayers. There are all types of prayers, but for the purpose of addressing politics and prophecy, fasting and prayers of petition are what citizens are engaged in at this time. In a few weeks from today, there will be an answer. After that, citizens will call for prayers of thanksgiving to acknowledge the answer. According to 1 Thessalonians 6:17-18, believers are to “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ concerning you.”  So, we will be careful to come together and give God thanks. It is important to remember that God answers prayers according to His word.  Tip #2: God answers prayers according to His word.

Politics is all the activities of governments concerning relations between leaders and citizens. Politics is about making decisions in groups or other forms of power relations among individuals such as the distribution of resources or status. Who gets what? In this case, what county will get what?  Tip #3: Politics is about the distribution of resources.

Prophecy: Is the utterance of divine communication received through the Lord. The Prophet speaks as the Lord’s Agent, and therefore, must speak that which the Lord wills him to speak. Prophecy is predictive of foretelling of events. It can be given by God to a prophet during prayer and meditation, dreams, and visions. Many prophets begin by saying, “I was in a deep sleep” or “last night as I lay sleeping a dream came to me.”  The prophet usually discloses to whom the message is for. Many ministers believe that the prophecy should be delivered to one’s congregation.  It is important in this day of social media to caution the people that it is not necessary to reject any prophecy, rather, it is important to wait for the fulfillment of time for the prophecy or the vision to pass the test of being a false prophecy or a true word that is divinely inspired and given. In Habakkuk 2:3 we read, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (NKJV). Tip #4: Do not despise prophecy. Wait for the prophecy is for an appointed time.

There are 2 types of prophecies (1) Forthtelling of events based on knowledge, (2) Foretelling or predictive of events based on divine inspiration.

  1. Forthtelling Prophecy of events based on knowledge, is one that has content, which may consist of information that is well known as spiritual truth or history. For example: It is my conviction that we need 4 things currently to achieve Post Election peace. (1) For the seated president to sign a promise that he will oversee the peaceful transition of power within the government. Hand over power to the winner; (2) For the candidate who losses the election to accept the verdict of the Citizens without incitement of violence. Congratulate the winner without prejudice. (3) The Winner of this transition election of 2022 accepts the verdict of the Citizens with humility.

(4) The judiciary to handle any petitions in a timely manner. Then the other candidates who are running for county seats, can follow that peaceful example. If these 4 things can happen, I am confident the nation will demonstrate maturity that has not been seen in the last 59 years. The cry of Citizens to God with one voice is please, NO POST-ELECTION TRIBAL VIOLENCE. NO SHEDDING OF INNOCENT BLOOD FOR WENYE KENYA.  We reject and refuse violence, or the shedding of innocent blood. Let there be post-election peace in the land and among people.

When the Spirit the LORD Moves: A prophet is moved strongly by the Spirit of God to speak in boldness and power. The Spirit uses our mind to give the message. In turn the message reveals things to come or warns people. The forthtelling utterances may as well contain data and contents from NASA or CNN. The fact that the content of this type of prophecy is mixed with current news, does not mean that it is to be despised. Nor does it mean that it will not come to pass. As the word cautions, one should heed to the message contained in the prophecy. There are many people who have lost faith with news, but they will be more likely to heed to a warning when the message is shared by their pastor or a minister, they trust. Do not despise forthtelling prophecy. Tip #5: Forthtelling prophecy consist of known and revealed spiritual truth, history, or current even events.

  • Fore-Telling prophecy is the one that involves prediction of events to come. This is the rare kind of prophecy for this season. Some argue that since the days of Pentecostal, this is type of prophecy is very rare. An example of fore-telling prophecy is a message of impeding danger or famine. Or the type of prophecy that prophesied concerning the coming of the Messiah. This type of prophecy reveals or confirms a coming event but may provide, or not provide personal guidance. Imagine how the world would have benefited from Fore-telling prophecy concerning COVID-19 global pandemic. It is the scientist that God used to warn the world, and to come up with the vaccines. This does not mean that the prophets were not warned, perhaps the reason is that people have come to trust science more than the fact that God still speaks to divinely inspired people through prophecy. Tip #6: Fore-telling prophecy involves prediction of events to come.

How will this prophecy come to pass? It is important to ask the Prophet or prophetess questions. Some speakers get upset about this approach. You can ask, “How will this happen? Or when will this happen? The prophet should be willing to give answers, instructions, and directions. Example: Many years ago, in the month of August 2002, I held a young Sister’s hand, and I gave her a word, a Word of Knowledge, but she received it as predictive prophecy. Amen!  When it was time, I returned to the US. Sometime Close to December, I was surprised to receive an Email from the young lady. She said, “You told me God will make a way for me to get into a teacher training college.”  Well, I accepted responsibility, affirming that God is faithful.   This is how God answered her prayer. On December 30, 2002, Hon Mwai Kibaki became the 3rd President of Kenya. One of his directives included abolishing school fees for primary education, “giving free and compulsory primary education. This saw a program of nearly 1.7 million more pupils enroll in school by the end of 2003” (Online report).  The country needed more teachers. May this example encourage both the prophets and the believers to keep seeking the Lord, and to hold on to God’s promises. It is not the prophet that fulfills the promise or prophecy. It is God.   If it takes a long time, learn to wait upon the Lord patiently. Tip # 7: Divinely inspired prophecy shall come to pass.

False Prophets and False Prophecies:  The bottom-line is that we have some false prophets who give messages that are not from God. They claim to have the gift of prophecy or divine inspiration and make various claims. They are numerous, especially during any political season mostly in Kenya and the USA.  These self-proclaimed prophets mean well, but they might be self-serving and manage to confuse, or attempt to manipulate people, especially how to vote and all that. So, if a prophecy does not come to pass, what should we do? (a) Declare that man or woman a false prophet? (b) Consider that man or woman had good intentions that meant nothing? I leave that to the reader. Prophets are strongly cautioned not to speak false prophecies (Deuteronomy 18:20, Jeremiah 14:14. 2 Timothy 4:3-4). Although we are living in the age of grace, prophets must be careful with words and deeds.  Believers are to, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15). Tip #8: Beware of false prophets and false prophecies. Do not pay anyone to prophesy to you.

Test of Prophecy: Finally, according to the Bible, the test of prophecy, and prophets, and its accuracy, will be realized in season when the prophecy is fulfilled. Both forthtelling and foretelling prophecies have the same test. Go ahead and test the prophecy. According to 1 John 4:1 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God.” Prophecies do come to pass, so be careful not to despise prophecy. See in Jeremiah 28:9. “Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21). The prophecy should have at least a few good elements: (1) Glorify God. (2) Given in Love. (3) Edify the body of Christ. (4) Be According to the scriptures. Tip # 9: Test of the prophecy is when it comes to pass.

Resources: Scripture references are from the New King James Version, unless otherwise indicated. Online references of events 2002 (Hon. Mwai Kibaki’s Administration). Personal notes on prophecy from the course, Foundation of Pentecostal Theology (Lee University).

Rev. Wambui, BA, M.Sc. is an ordained minister to the body of Christ with Triumph Christian Ministries, Inc. She adheres to The Pentecostal Doctrine.  She is a freelance writer with Kenyan Parents In USA, an E-paper. You can read more articles by visiting Rev. Wambui’s corner. Comments/email revwambuifavored@gmail.com, or WhatsApp Forum- Responds Only to inquiries that have two official names, not screen names.

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