The Need for a Prophetic Voice in Our Pulpits

Saturday Musings

tozer-1956Here is another gem from the pen of A.W. Tozer. Basing his thoughts on 1 Chronicles 12:32, Tozer cries out for a different type of boldness in our preachers.

Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know
what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred….
—1 Chronicles 12:32

A prophet is one who knows his times and what God is trying to say
to the people of his times….

Today we need prophetic preachers; not preachers of prophecy merely,
but preachers with a gift of prophecy. The word of wisdom is missing.
We need the gift of discernment again in our pulpits. It is not
ability to predict that we need, but the anointed eye, the power of
spiritual penetration and interpretation, the ability to appraise
the religious scene as viewed from God’s position, and to tell us
what is actually going on….

Where is the man who can see through the ticker tape and confetti to
discover which way the parade is headed, why it started in the first
place and, particularly, who is riding up front in the seat of

What is needed desperately today is prophetic insight. Scholars can
interpret the past; it takes prophets to interpret the present.
Learning will enable a man to pass judgment on our yesterdays, but it
requires a gift of clear seeing to pass sentence on our own day….

Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of
the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard
a voice from the Throne.
—AW Tozer; Of God and Men, 19-22.

“Lord, I pray for that gift of prophetic insight. Move me beyond the knowledge You’ve enabled me to gain through education, reading, and study. I pray that I might lead as one ‘who has seen visions of God
and has heard a voice from the throne.’ Amen.”

Question: Why would any man get into the pulpit on any day who has not “heard a voice from the Throne?”

3 thoughts on “The Need for a Prophetic Voice in Our Pulpits

  1. AMEN!!!! This shift is absolutely critical if the Body is to actually be Salt and Light to a lost world. I’m reading Tozer’s “Knowledge of the Holy” right now and I think my brain exploded just reading the Preface. 🙂


  2. Let the prophets speak! Love Tozer. He was a prophetic voice for his time and has left a legacy for us to glean from. I was in fact just praying this past Friday for the church to “know the times and seasons in which we live”. If we don’t know the seasons, we will not be prepared. No one wants to be caught with cut-off shorts in the middle of a blizzard. Your in your prime season Marty! Your branches are about to bloom! Put your roots down deep and get ready for others to taste and see that the Lord is good.


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