Prophetic Reading Explained

Reading words of prophecy aloud can bring blessing to the one who reads and to those who hear. How is such blessing brought about? It is first of all a gift of grace. Reading is a charismatic act when done in the context of true worship, that is, when words are read aloud in spirit and truth. A worshipful act of reading is no mere playback of recorded inspiration; prophetic reading breathes again the truth present in the text being read. This representation is a poetic act of mimesis which resounds with the breath of life.

The reader becomes a letter of Christ written with the Spirit of the Living God when words of prophecy are processed through the whole person. The first commandment, to love the Lord God with all one's heart, soul and mind and to love others as oneself, is to be applied to reading as much as to all things in life. Anything less than reading with one's whole person in loving submission to God and others strangles the Spirit's flow.

Competent charismatic reading prophesies life to those ready to hear the word of the Lord. The Christian reader is a minister of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit. The Spirit gives life -- this then is the criterion by which prophetic reading is judged. Lifeless reading is a mocking impersonation of presentin the Gospel -- stillborn words sound monotonously ineffective and reflect gloomingly off veiled and captive minds of hardened hearers. However, reading full of the Spirit is transformative -- the image of God figured in reading the word of God is set in one's imagination as an example to be followed together with others called as faithful disciples of Christ. Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud words of prophesy and blessed are those who hear.

Cordially in Christ,
Craig Tavani
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