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Prophetic Worship – Part One by Vivien Hibbert

What is Prophetic Worship by Vivian Hibbert

What is Prophetic Worship by Vivian Hibbert

What is Prophetic Worship?

So many people are talking about “prophetic worship” these days. Let’s just look a little deeper into this interesting and important subject.

There is actually no mention of “prophetic worship” in the Bible; however, any true worship must be, by definition — prophetic. Let me explain.

Prophetic worship is worship where we make room for God’s voice and manifest presence among us. Simply put, we invite God into our service for a two-way conversation. So often, we do all the talking and singing during the worship time:

—We sing songs and hymns
—We praise the Lord in various ways
—We sing special music
—We dance and raise flags
—We read passages from the Bible
—We pray
—We fellowship with one another
—We give offerings

We do all of this and then we offer the announcements, a sermon and go home!

Your service might look a little different from this, but you get the idea. We don’t seem to have any expectation for the Lord to speak back to us in our churches. All of our songs, prayers and words may very well be valid and heart-felt, but we do not give the Lord an opportunity to talk back to His people during the worship time.

The voice of God among us is the component that makes worship “prophetic.” Revelation 19:10 “…Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” This prophetic atmosphere is when Jesus’ person and presence is made known among us.

By this definition, any denomination can engage in prophetic worship. You don’t have to change your tradition; you just have to find ways to allow God’s voice in your services. Find the place where He is breathing life into His people, and pause there so that He can make Himself known.

The Lord Makes Himself Known

He “speaks” in the service through:

  • Music and song—1 Chron. 25:1–7; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16
  • Personal prayer and communion–2 Chron. 7:12–16; 2Cor. 13:14
  • His Word–Ps. 119:130; Acts 8:30–35; Rom. 15:14; 2 Tim. 3:16
  • His prophets–Jer. 1:2–4; Am. 3:7; 1 Cor. 14:3; Heb. 1:1
  • Preaching–Mark 2:2; 1 Thess. 2:13
  • Parables and stories–Mark 4:33
  • The gifts of the Holy Spirit–1 Cor. 12–14
  • The sacraments

In fact Paul instructed the Corinthian Church to be open to this sort of worship when He said:

How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 1 Cor. 14:26

Check out that list of involvement from each member of the Church — every time we gather, there should be a psalm, teaching, tongue, revelation, interpretation or, as Paul writes, all things.

This is a typical list from Paul in that he has other things he could add to the list but he just says “all things,” and continues. The bottom line, however, is that Paul expects every member of the Church to participate in the service in a variety of ways. Everything on that list must be completed in partnership with the Holy Spirit, and each of these expressions in worship involves the voice of the Lord in some way. Because we may all hear the voice and heart of God in some way, prophetic worship is available to everyone.

Defining True Prophetic Worship

In so many of our churches, the leaders do almost everything and the congregation is treated as an audience. At best, they are expected to find God on their own. True prophetic worship must be available to all generations, denominations and nations and is an exciting corporate journey we are privileged to partake of meeting by meeting.

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Vivian Hibbert Teaches about Prophetic Worship

Vivian Hibbert

Worship leader, author, teacher, Vivien Hibbert is a regular faculty member of the International Worship Institute (Dallas) and the International Worship Symposium. Vivien is well-known for her biblically centered teaching on prophetic worship.


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