I can't believe that I am about to write a blog linking prophesy to Star Trek. I guess people have written worse analogies, but I'm not sure how many will forgive me for this one. Think I shall dive headlong into it and see what happens....
I admit that I'm a bit of a Trekkie - definitely more so than Star Wars (seriously Mr Lucas, the first three you did were enough, you didn't need to do another three, and we won't even BEGIN to discuss some of the scripting in Anikin's first romantic scene - stick to the sci-fi mate). I'm not exactly a dedicated fan, but I have always loved the Next Generation series more than any other. I suspect that had something to do with having a bit of a crush not only on 'Number One', but also on Jean-Luc Picard, he of the 'Engage' and 'Make it so' fame. It's the 'make it so' phrase that I'm thinking about at the moment, and how good it is at expressing the degree of faith we should have when making prophetic declarations.
If you don't know what I mean by a prophetic declaration, all I mean is saying things out loud with a certainty that they are going to happen. It's like speaking things that currently aren't yet there into life. The Bible is littered with examples of this - Matthew 16:18 is a prime one. "Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means 'rock'), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not overcome it." This was Jesus speaking to Simon Peter, the man who would later swear that he would be the last man standing next to Jesus if it came to it, and then rapidly found three people who he could swear blind at that he hadn't the first clue who Jesus was. The man who was about to hear the shocking words 'get behind me satan', because his best intentions were actually being used as a tool to try and tempt Jesus from His chosen course. This was Jesus speaking to a man who would utterly let down his Master, and who would do nothing to redeem himself yet in terms of words and deeds, except to stick around once Jesus returned. A man who, at that time and in the weeks to come, could not have been seen to deserve such faith and promise from God. Yet Jesus knew what Simon Peter, and any observers, did not - Simon Peter's future. Jesus was speaking out a prophetic declaration, calling this man's future into being. Demonstrating faith in what He was certain was to come, even though there was no evidence as yet.
Here's the Star Trek link. When Picard said 'make it so', it was often at the end of a discussion with his team, when they had considered all the options, and come to their conclusions. He would then walk out of the room, expecting his team to do exactly as he had asked - it never occurred to him that the would do anything else. That's what a true prophetic declaration should be like - 'make it so'. When Jesus spoke over Simon Peter's life and future, He was effectively saying 'make it so' - 'I have faith that this is what will happen next'. We have all authority under Heaven and on Earth to make such declarations - as long as they are in line with the Word and the Spirit, of course. But they need to be delivered with the right mindset and intention - with the faith that God will do immeasurably more than we could ever hope or dream of, and with the sole purpose that glory is given to God and not us.
And why have prophetic declarations been on my mind? Because Glasgow has been on my mind. Recently I heard a fab speaker, Dawna De Silva, talking about a spirit that has been sitting over Scotland, of an acceptance by the people that life simply was tough, was always going to be tough, and you just had to accept it and get on with it. I've found myself wanting to make a prophetic declaration over Glasgow, which I am starting on from today.
Glasgow, you are a city of joy! You are a city of freedom, of light and abundance. You are a city of creativity, of restoration and hope. You are a beacon city, illuminating Scotland with your brightness, and calling the creativity of this nation into being. You are a rock that cannot be moved. Yours is a well that will never run dry; the well has been stoppered up by a lack of faith and a reliance on human strength. WAKE UP GLASGOW!! The well is being opened, the stopper has been removed and the water has been rising in the passing years - the water is now ready to burst out, like a geyser. It is going to water all of the city, and seeds of faith that have lain dormant for a long time are going to erupt into an overwhelming harvest. You will reap a harvest that you did not plant, but that was planted for you by your ancestors. They prayed over the seed, and trusted it to the Gardener, who is faithful, and never lets the garden go to complete ruin. Glasgow - you have a new name, the City of Joy.