How to Receive Prophecy

John 13:18-21 WEB

I don’t speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen. But that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me.’ [19] From now on, I tell you before it happens, that when it happens, you may believe that I am he. [20] Most certainly I tell you, he who receives whomever I send, receives me; and he who receives me, receives him who sent me.” [21] When Jesus had said this, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, “Most certainly I tell you that one of you will betray me.”


This passage contains one of a handful of scriptures in which Jesus reveals his emotional state. He was going to be betrayed and his spirit was troubled. The Father had revealed to Jesus that one of the disciples was going to betray him. Then, Jesus went on to prophesy to the disciples what was about to happen. He even tells them why he is telling them. So they will believe when it comes to pass.

The Father revealed what was going to happen and Jesus prophesied the betrayal. That matters to us today because we live in a very marketed world. Even the gospel is marketed. But we can still discern the truth of God. We can sort through the marketing and recognize self-glorification among ministers. In this way, we can receive prophetic words and then wait to see if they come true. If they do come true, we know that it is of God.

Some prophecy is not true. There is some prophecy that borders on fortune-telling and imitates the look of supposed psychics. These false prophets appeal to people’s egos instead of leading them closer to God. However, if we use the caution the above passage teaches, we can avoid being deceived and we can also avoid missing true prophecies.


Lord, teach me to watch for prophecy so that I can know what you are doing today. Save me from getting caught up in false prophecies that appeal to the flesh. Teach me your Word so that I am protected from deception. In Jesus’ name, amen.