Preaching: Prophetic or Pathetic?

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord GOD, “that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but shall not find it”

Amos 8:11-12 NKJV

The words prophet, prophecy and prophetic have tragically become synonymous with erroneous extremes. These extremes range from people predicting the end of the world, to people who cause others to push the Bible aside with their flesh-feeding forecasts. However, the word prophecy has a twofold Biblical meaning: (1) to foretell future events, and (2) to forth-tell the Word of God under His authority and with His power.

Each time a man opens the Word of God to preach to the people of God, he should seek to do so under God’s authority and with His power! God manifests His powerful presence when He is honored by prayer-saturated, sound biblical preaching.

It is God’s desire to use the preacher as His instrument to intersect the lives of His people with His Word. It is at this intersection that your prayer-saturated exposition of Scripture becomes powerfully prophetic in the lives of people. When this occurs, the Word of God causes people to stand in awe of the God of the Word!

So, how long has it been since your preaching was accompanied by the manifest presence of God? There is a vast difference between a political puppet and a powerful prophet in the pulpit. The Father’s hand powerfully rests upon the man who seeks the Father’s heart. The man who preaches the message of the Father’s heart experiences the might of the Father’s hand.

However, today, the terms praying pastor seem to refer to an endangered species, rather than being an oxymoron. The reality is that our preaching is a reflection of our praying, or the lack thereof. The same God who put you into the ministry can put His Word into your heart and your mouth. This results from a lifestyle of prayerfulness.



Rebukes and exposes sin

Rationalizes and excuses sin

Brings conviction and contrition

Brings confusion and corruption

Resounds a wake up call

Resembles a lullaby

Resonates with the Word of God

Revolves around the words of man

Pierces the heart

Pacifies the conscience

Conquers the carnal

Feeds the flesh

A spiritual downpour

A spiritual drought

Wounds people

Wows people



Feeds hungry hearts

Tickles itching ears



Confronts the Culture

Conforms to the Culture



Rebukes Rebellion

Avoids Offending

Corrects Complacency

Encourages Ease

Exposes Sin by Magnifying the Cross

Excuses Sin by Minimizing the Cross

God-Conscious and Truth-Conscious

People-Conscious and Time-Conscious

©2012 Prayerdigm Publishing. An excerpt from "In Season and Out of Season" by Keeney Dickenson. To order a copy of "In Season and Out of Season" go to